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Transending Trash Talk On Marriage – Part 1

“Why is Tony Abbott stopping Australia becoming a more modern nation and why doesn’t he trust his own members of his own team to exercise a conscience vote?”
Bill Shorten, Federal Labor Party Leader regarding Tony Abbott’s support of natural marriage, 2015.

“I have this to say to Tony Abbott, the problem with you mate isn’t that you’re stuck in the past, it’s that you want the rest of Australia to go back and keep you company.”
Anthony Albanese.

“Australia is now the only developed, English-speaking country that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry.”
“If there was any doubt that marriage equality was inevitable in Australia, the Irish vote has removed it. The question is not if but when … Australia’s political leaders have no more excuses for dragging the chain.”
Rodney Croome, Australian Marriage Equality National Convenor.

“Why Australia is so far behind the times on same-sex marriage?”
“More than 20 countries have now legalised same-sex marriage. Ireland’s recent constitutional referendum vote in favour makes Australia look particularly backward in comparison with most other developed, English-speaking countries. Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom…”
Carol Johnson, Professor of Politics, University of Adelaide.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9

As they loudly, proudly and intolerantly bully down any discussion about the importance of sex and marriage, never forget that it is all trash talk. Trash talk is “insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize or humiliate a sporting opponent.”
But it is just that, talk. There is no substance behind it, nor is it new or original. Unsurprisingly, you’ll find the template and solution for it in the Bible. After all, there is nothing new under the sun.

A Time Of Distress

Trapped within their own city, it was a distressing time for the citizens of Jerusalem. Sennacherib had laid siege to their city. Proclaiming himself to be the King of the Universe and Assyria, he was a force to be reckoned with. Having waged war with Arabs in the northern Arabian deserts , the kingdoms of Anatolia and the Babylonians, he was even responsible for the destruction of Babylon in 689 BC. Now he was devouring the Kingdom of Judah.

He had destroyed 46 fortified cities in Judah, the last being Lachish, their second most important city in 701 BC. Accounts of its inhabitants being thrown over the ramparts, impaled, having their throats cut, being skinned alive or led away captive undoubtedly plagued the minds of those in Jerusalem – “We are now surrounded, trapped and threaten by those who did that.”

The following challenge issued to their king, Hezekiah would have been particularly chilling…
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Seek And Knock, But For Others

​Coming from the Gospel of Luke and the mouth of Jesus no less, is this following.  It’s often quoted by those seeking to encourage others to press on for what they desire…

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.
Luke 11:9-10

Context however is king. Yes, Jesus is asking us to persevere in seeking and knocking but for whom are we seeking things for? Let’s see the full context of what Jesus was saying…. Continue Reading →

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The Curse Of Culture 

“It seems truth is not what Aboriginal units in universities are interested in but, rather, ideology and popular opinion expressed through social media. This does not help in the cause we fight for.”
“It is becoming worse as the thought police and the politically correct brigade are more interested in denying facts and truths in a selfish and self-righteous attempt to elevate their own moral standing. Well, they are not elevating their moral standing, they are suffocating the victims further.”

This is true of all issues tainted by such interference, not just indigenous domestic violence and abuse as discussed in the article from which the above quotes come from. Other issues which are victim to this include abortion, the proper role and importance of sex and the definition of marriage.

“This is how it has always been done” and ”Get with the times, this is how we do it in 2016/these days” are utterances of a lazy mind. And such laziness simply will not do for culture, something we all live and die under. The real question we should be asking is should it be done this way? Continue Reading →

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Good Persecution

“It is a bad sign for the Christianity of this day that it provokes so little opposition. If there were no other evidence of it being wrong, I should know from that. When the church and the world can jog along together comfortably, you may be sure there is something wrong….

It is the church that has altered, not the world.”

Catherine Booth, Co-Founder of the Salvation Army.

It was true in 1800s and more so in 2016.

Now, if you’re getting persecuted because you’re being obnoxious and not a true Ambassador of God, then that’s self inflicted. However, if it’s after a clear and gracious presentation of truth with a heart to help then that’s simply the side effect of being in a fallen, “politically correct” world. Continue Reading →

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Marriage Disinformation

“..fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there. Because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change. It’s going to change and it should change. And again it should not exist.”
Masha Gessen at the 2012 Sydney Writer’s Festival.
Outspoken Russian and American journalist, author, and activist.

If the above seems like a radical new turn of attitude or a sudden revelation how the marriage redefinition camp operates, please reflect on the following… Continue Reading →

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Selflessness 101

“Look, children are a gift of the Lord,and the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Psalm 127:3

Children are a gift from God. Our culture would delude us otherwise. We need look no further for proof of this by realising that no one ever gets stressed about the surprise of winning lotto, but we’re stressed about a surprise pregnancy.

Such is a fallen and selfish state of us all. Here however is a deeply moving example we could all learn from.

 

Related: Parental Ferocity.

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Screwtape: More Diabolical Directions

Published in 1942, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a timeless classic. It writes of how to entrap and steer humans away from “The Enemy”  (God). Little has changed in that enterprise and that’s why it is timeless. It’s also timeless because of the way it delivers profound insights into our shared human condition in a very readable, witty way.

Inspired by it, some writers have adapted its style in taking up Screwtape’s pen to write of some specific issues of our day. In this case, the challenges facing mothers (apt given we have just celebrated Father’s Day). Sure, it’s all about making mothers miserable but there’s plenty in there to warn the rest of us of where we may fall.
Check them out:

 

Related: Materialist Magicians.

 

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