TONY Abbott and Kevin Rudd are probably not reflecting on the thoughts of wise King Solomon this weekend, but perhaps they should.
The words, found in Ecclesiastes , state: “The higher the position you occupy, the humbler you should be . . . The mysteries of the world are only revealed to those who are humble.”
Jesus spokes of the politics of redemption. About leadership he said: “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all”
How would that work on the Australian political scene? Would “love your enemies” enable a more effective foreign policy? What if our refugee and social justice policies were guided by Jesus’ words that “whatever you did to the least of these you did to me””
Of course, to do so might lead to political crucifixion.
But as the late Arthur Calwell – a member of the House of Representatives for 32 years – once said: “It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies”.