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Sunday Thoughts

Alright it's not sunday here anymore but I'm figuring it's probably still sunday in most of my flist's parts of the world. Be warned, this entry includes mention of church. I'm going to try to post an entry like this pretty often, i'll tag  them 'sunday thoughts' so you can avoid them if you so desire, no hard feeling. I am of course, always welcome to questions and discussion about my faith. I'll keep it respectful at my end and I'd appreciate it if I got the same in return :)

In Australia at the moment, there's a push to remove the Lords Prayer from parliament sessions. Personally, I'm a huge believer in the separation of church and state so I think that's the correct thing to do. My minister however made an excellent point I thought when he briefly addressed the issue at the beginning of the service. He said that it would be a shame (note: not wrong) to remove the Lord's Prayer from parliament because in his personal opinion, it provided a valuable service in reminding the politicians serving our country that they are not actually top dog, no matter how much power they might believe themselves to have and forces them to feel somewhat accountable for their actions. I still don't agree with him but I thought that was the best argument I had heard yet for keeping the Lords Prayer there. Certainly a good sight better than the fools who argue that Australia is a 'Christian country.' Last I checked, we're one of the most secularised countries in the world with a flippant attitude towards religion in any form (except for the Ashes). (5-nil, just saying).
Personally I'd like to see more acknowledgement of aboriginal customs in parliament. That is after all, the true foundation of our country. We do have a welcome to country at the beginning of parliament sessions which honours the elders past and present and acknowledges the traditional owners of the land but there's still some opposition to it.

What my minister went on to say however really resonated with me. He admitted that it was likely that the Lord's prayer would be removed from parliament and then said that the most important thing we could do as the church was to lose well. Historically, the early church was really good at losing well but over the years, the church has become a symbol of conservatism that often looses with hysteria and threats of eternal damnation. That's not the sort of church I want to be a part of. I want to be part of a church that prayerfully considers and lovingly submits all things to God, trusting that his judgement is good and his control is still firm. I highly doubt that God's plan could be so disrupted by one parliament of one small country refusing to say the Lords Prayer when despite the fact that many Australian parliamentarians profess Christian faith, it's hard to see any evidence of that faith in what they do, so I doubt the words are spoken from the heart anyway. On their own, they're just words.

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bastetian
Jan. 21st, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)
Your lovely well thought out comments made my morning too :)
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