The politics of redemption

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”.


4 thoughts on “The politics of redemption

  1. More to the point…..
    “… Would “love your enemies” enable a more effective foreign policy?”.
    ….would you ~ ANY of you ~ vote for a politician if that was his platform?

    …….but still y’all trotted off to help elect yet another parasitic politician, didn’t you?

    ps ….and as for Caldwell (““It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies”.)
    …well, he WOULD say that, wouldn’t he? 😉


  2. If someone knows you love them, they really are more likely to treat you well. Not always, but far mire often than if they regard you as an enemy. Has it been really tried on an international level? Perhaps only when all else fails is anyone prepared to say “Let us see what love can do.”


  3. Yes, REDEMPTION is a wonderful truth.

    ‘Urban poet’s raw truths’

    The noise of the expectant crowd died quickly as Jackie Hill stepped confidently up to the microphone and exploded into her fast rhythmic rap, shocking the audience with her poignant words. “Death is a jealous fellow. When you fail to think about him, the more he remembers who you are,” Jackie reminds people in one of her spoken poems. “Wake up because your ignorance is committing your suicide,” she adds.

    The fiery 23 year old has fast developed an influential reputation for raw, passionate truth through spoken word poetry among the urban Christian scene.

    Fatherless and forced to fight her way through troubles as a molested and bullied child, she turned to a rebellious lifestyle characterized by drug use, a porn addiction and homosexuality. “In high school this girl hit on me and I made it seem like I didn’t like it but I really did,” she says, “So, I got into a lesbian relationship with her.” Even though Jackie says she felt like she was enjoying herself, she never had peace because she “knew too much”.

    Jackie knew from close Christian family members that she was disobeying God’s commands in the Bible and that her ‘sin’ left her separated from Him. “When you look at sin as death, it changes it,” she says in reference to Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. “I had to jump over my conscience daily to do a lot of stuff.”

    At the age of 19, Jackie says God started to draw her closer over a period of six months.

    “In October 2008, I was in my bed minding my business, and I felt the Lord speak to me and say: ‘She will be the death of you’ and I knew he was referencing my girlfriend,” she recalls.

    “Even though God spoke of homosexuality initially, I knew in the pit of my soul that my entire lifestyle would be the death of me. For the first time in my life, I saw the reality of my sin.” At that moment she cried out to God knowing that, although she had sinned, God had made a way for her to avoid eternal separation from Him through coming down to earth as Jesus and dying in her place on the cross. “I said: ‘God, I’ve tried to be Christian about eight times, it never worked. I need you to help me, please Lord’,” she says. “I didn’t know that was repentance and belief [in Jesus’ salvation], but it was.”

    Jackie shares about her struggle with homosexuality saying,

    “God is calling you to himself. God is not calling you to be heterosexual; He is calling you to be holy.”

    When asked about how she deals with temptations she says, “I may be tempted to look at a woman, but because I have the spirit of Christ, I have a choice to give into that temptation or not,” she says. “God promised that for every temptation He’ll give me a way out. And that’s the truth.”

    Jackie says she feels that the world hates the truth but loves good artistry, so her aim is to create good poems to get people’s attention to leave them thinking.

    CHALLENGE newspaper—Sept. 2013 issue


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