To be given a “fair crack o’the whip” – to be given a chance; to have a fair go – has been a part of our national identity and heritage and is now, once again, being promoted as a political slogan.
What does it mean and which policies should we regard as being important for a fair go? Which “fair entitlements” are currently under threat.
What do we want and cherish most?
A fair wage for a fair day’s work? Equal opportunity for education?
We tend to take for granted the right to have food in our tummy and clothes and personal safety. Yes, all these things are important and we know that some miss out, even in this “the lucky country”.
Freedom to vote in secret. Perhaps at a more basic level, freedom to barrack loudly for your favourite footy team or player without fear of being labelled.
So yes, freedom to be, freedom to live. Freedom to speak, to believe, to think, to debate, to choose, to express an opinion.
Further, freedom from class distinction, freedom to do well with minimal interference from government intervention or micro-management or taxes crippling enterprise.
In summary, I suggest, the Aussie “fair go” means the freedom to
■ express our beliefs and values
■ bring up our children in families that facilitate the sharing of these beliefs and values
■ join together with like-minded people who share these beliefs and values in the mutual association
■ set up educational facilities consistent with these beliefs and values and the liberty to exclude influences that are contrary
■ state these liberties without fear of accusation of intolerance or hate-speech
THESE FREEDOMS SHOULD SOUND FAMILIAR TO ALL WITH EVEN THE SLIGHTEST SMATTERING OF NECESSARY HISTORY.
…1948Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association
These values, these freedoms are at risk with many of the policies being promoted at this election time – paradoxically by those shouting loudest about the fair go.
The Fear-of-God builds up confidence and makes a world safe for your children.
Proverbs 14:26 The Message
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Greetings family and friends. We are excited to share with you all, that this Easter marked our 19th year in Indigenous Ministries. What an amazing journey it has been! Beginning back in 2000 with doing our first 18 months in Halls Creek under AOG World Missions ‘Training and Field Orientation’, and continuing on into becoming the Senior Pastors of the ACC Church in Halls Creek and training many of those people now ministering in AAOM, to the present, where we have for the last 4.5 years been the National Director of a ministry that is Australia wide, and leading people to Christ and discipling to maturity.
We certainly are not the same people we started out as.
We could never of imagined in a million years the people we would have met, the places we have seen and the many experiences that have shaped us. It has, and is a privilege and blessing to serve and love people in building the Kingdom of God.
We are so thankful for everyone that has enabled us to do so.
We are, and will be forever grateful and thankful for those that have walked beside us over the years, long and short and everything in between.. Our children are now grown, and are beautiful and kind people.
Brett Jnr has completed his trade in air-conditioning and refrigeration and continues to live in Halls Creek, and is loved by all. Kayla and Nicolas are expecting their first child in July, and continue to work and flourish in Newman, and build their bright future together, and Brittany is approaching her first 12 months in Geraldton after living in Halls Creek for 18 years. She is embracing life and loving her job at Sun City Christian Centre. In everything we have worked for, achieved and been given, we give God the Glory. What an amazing journey it has been!!
Presently we are working hard with our team and ACC WA State Executive, in seeing five of our Indigenous Leaders whom are presently leading AAOM Churches, in seeing the finalisation of their PMC application.
This has been a long time in coming and we are so excited to see it progress. Many of us understand the need for transparency and accountability, as well as continuing to understand the greater role and responsibilities of being a Pastor.
Gone are the days where one just visits and prepares their weekly sermon (not that we think it was this simple).
Today in ministry, we have to know and understand constitution, policies and legalities and the list goes on and on.
We understand that this is of the the highest importance, and it is necessary in today’s world, in caring for our people and churches.
Being in a cross cultural situation, we have found it has had many challenges along the way, not only for us, but for those that we are trying to equip.
So we would love it if you could be praying for us all, that it will go smoothly and successfully from here on out.
We just want to say a huge Thank you to our ACC National and State Executive in helping us and supporting us through this entire process.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING.
These last 4 months AAOM has held a number of events.
Each program offering something different, not only meeting physical and spiritual needs but also giving the local people the opportunity to take ownership, and outreach into their communities.The first was the AAOM Christmas Convention held in Derby.
This was a 5 day camping convention where Churches and people gathered together to fellowship and be encouraged. The second event was a 3 day Pastors and Leadership Summit at Fitzroy Crossing facilitated by our West Kimberley Area Support Leader, and where Ps Les Freeman and Ps John Cannone were invited to attend, to teach and encourage our leaders. And just recently the Easter Convention, hosted by Pastor Warren and Sheena Luscombe.
It was a great time and AAOM was blessed to have a team from SCKC (Southern Cross Kids Camp) led by Peter and Sandy Lusk. This was the first time that they have ministered to the children and it was a really special time for all and we genuinely look forward to partnering together again in the future.
We believe and understand that to build Pastors and leaders, we need to empower and trust them to lead. In these last 4.5 years we have worked hard to position people correctly, champion the call and designate Godly authority in the right places, at the right time.
For AAOM to move forward into the future, we have known that this had to be done, even though there has been many challenges, it is 100% worth it.
Our heart has never been about building a ministry but has always been about building Kingdom, working together, and building into people for Kingdom purpose. This is our calling..
Ps Bernard Stretch rang just recently to speak about a local community Indigenous man that he recently reached out to. Ps Bernard approached him uptown in the park, on the main street in Halls creek, to talk to him about the Lord.
When talking the man mentioned how sick he had been and that he was needing to go to the hospital.
Ps Bernard asked if he could pray for Him, which he did and a few days later the man came to the church service, to say that immediately he began to recover and that he didn’t need to go see a doctor.
Praise God! Since that time the man has been attending every and any service that he can, and in that time has made a decision to follow the Lord.
He is a quiet older man but seems very sincere and is drawing close and building relationships.
This has excited and encouraged Ps Bernard very much. God is so Good!
In December the AAOM Board gathered together in Sydney with us being Skype’d in. The 6 monthly report was given and received well.
During this meeting we brought up the need for extra support for our on field workers and it was also discussed that there was a need for a team to be put together to support us in our roles in practical areas such as tech support and some areas of ministry.
Our AAOM Board is such a blessing to us in ministry, and personally as well. This present season has had its challenges and we are thankful for their faithfulness, giftedness, wisdom, strength and their individual generosity in giving their resources, and their time.
Just recently Ps Michael Mackerell contacted the board to notify us all of some exciting news, with Pastors Michael and Karen moving to Germany, in being invited to take on Pastoring a local German Church for the next 2 years.
This sadly means that Ps Michael has had to step down from the AAOM board, but we are ever so grateful for technology, and we will continue to keep in touch and seek their counsel.
We just want to take this moment to Thank them both in loving us and being like our spiritual parents..
For serving as our Senior Pastors when we lived in Caboolture from 1993-2000, and releasing us into our calling, and then from 2000 to present day, ministering alongside us at AAOM Conventions, Seminars, Leadership Retreats, Men’s and Women’s events, and so on.
Michael and Karen have been a constant source of encouragement, wisdom, love and strength throughout all theses years.
We honour them as they continue to inspire us in our family, our marriage, ministry and life. We love you both and we are so excited to see what the Lord will do! So on behalf of all of our Board, Pastors, Missionaries, Churches, team and family at AAOM we want to say Thank you and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Currently we are trying to gather a volunteer team together to help build the ‘ihope youth centre’ in Halls Creek.
We have an urgent need in securing a project manager and/or a licensed WA builder that would be able to oversee this project.
If you or anyone you know may be interested, we would dearly love to hear.
The finances have been generously donated by the wonderful Calaoukas Family, through the AAOM’ ihope Foundation’.
To see it built we need these things done:
Step 1: Build Prepare Formwork and Roughing for the Plumbing, for the Foundation and Concrete Poured and Leveled.
Step 2: Erect Kit Building to Lock Up Stage.
Step 3: Internal fit out and Electrics and Plumbing Completed
Our vision, is for it to be a fun and safe place, in which children and youth can gather together.
Where both indigenous and non- indigenous role models and respected elders, from the local community can come.
With the purpose of being an encouragement, inputting and teaching values and culture, and mentoring young people to know their own value.
Where young people can have the opportunity to choose to live a life with purpose! To be encouraged to dream and be given the tools to be able to make their dreams a reality.
We would love to see this built and completed by the end of 2020 or sooner.
Weare always on the lookout for people and couples who are either looking to do a short term missions trip, or eager to possibly commit to something more.. maybe like serving for 12 months alongside some of our team in one of the AAOM churches.
If that’s you, or someone in your church, please contact us via our details at the bottom of this email.
Presently we are blessed to have a couple, Brian and Isobel Pither from Citylife church, whom have been great friends and faithful supporters and co workers.
Over the years as we shared about this need, they had expressed that they would be open in going and serving, in some capacity and do some relief work.
We were blessed, that when we reached out to them to ask if they would consider relieving some of our AAOM Pastors , that they said YES!.
It was wonderful to be able to help facilitate this.
It took some time but it is great that our people can take some much needed time off.
We are incredibly thankful for the partnerships that have developed over many years and we would really appreciate if you could be praying for Brian and Isobel as they are currently in Mount Isa, and teams from Citylife and YWAM Perth that are preparing to come and serve soon.
9th July – 14th July
In July, at Halls Creek the annual AAOM convention will be taking place.
This year at convention we have great ministry lined up with 3 Leadership morning sessions and nightly meetings with fantastic guest speakers.
Something a little different but AAOM is excited.
As we have had over the last few years, we once again have teams from YWAM Perth coming to minister to our primary school aged children.
It has been a busy time securing off site facilities, but we are thankful for the favour that we have in Halls Creek, as it has taken many years to build credibility.
So if you would like a pdf of the conference information poster, please contact us.
Where Most Needed.
The ‘Where Most Needed’ Project is exactly what is name implies.
It was created for the purpose of specifically raising funds for AAOM as a whole, in being able to be used for any emergency situations that may arise such as vehicle & building maintenance, and any other practical ministry on-field ministry needs such as Education and Awareness Support, Projects, Audio and Visual Equipment and Ministry Teaching tools etc.
People can Support monthly or make a one off donation by:
Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries Inc
Account number: 892443682
Please clearly state in the ‘Reference/Description’ field if you would like your donation to go to the ‘where most needed’
Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries Inc
Postal address: PO Box 2237, Tuggeranong DC, ACT 2901
We would really appreciate your prayers as we work from Geraldton.
It has been a season that has seen us having to stop in one place, after being on the road constantly these many years.
• Please Pray for Bretts Continued Healing from Muscle Issues, Stress and Anxiety.
We are blessed that we are able to lead and facilitate the work of the ministry from our base at this time.
• Also Could You Please Continue To Pray For Our Own Ongoing Personal Ministry Support.
With so many pressures on Churches and families we know what a step of faith it is to partner faithfully with a ministry such as ours.
You have enabled us these 19 years to serve, raise a family, and see people come to know Christ in a real and life changing way.
Our greatest fulfilment has been in seeing people lives radically changed and empowered and equipped to be all that the Lord has called them to be. We love you and we give Thanks for you!
Prime Minister Scott Morrison with his wife Jenny and daughters Abigail and Lily pose for photos after being sworn-in at Government House in Canberra on Friday.
vs.1We may make our plans, but God has the last word. !
Scott Morrison is Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister, a branch of Christianity famous for stadium-sized gatherings and energetic sermons.
For more than a decade he and his family have been members of the Sutherland Shire’s Horizon Church in Sydney’s south, housed in a 1200-seat auditorium.
Horizon is a Pentecostal Christian church where pastors give rousing sermons, and followers can sometimes speak in tongues and engage in “divine healing”.
Horizon Church senior pastor Brad Bonhomme says Mr Morrison and his wife Jenny and daughters Lily and Abigail are regulars at the church on a Sunday, when more than 2000 people attend services.
More recently work has thwarted Mr Morrison’s regular attendance, however, his wife and daughters are heavily involved in the church’s children’s program.
The Morrisons met through church as teenagers and married at the age of 21.
Mr Bonhomme said the church would play no part in the running of the country or Liberal Party policy.
“Unfortunately there will be some that assume whatever policy direction the Liberal Party might choose to take, some would assume I or our church will be involved in that,” he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.
“As far as growth of the church is concerned there may be some people who may like what they see and what is happening, as far as the Liberal Party is concerned, we have no involvement in their policy making and their decision making.”
Mr Bonhomme said he and his wife Alison Bonhomme, also a senior pastor at Horizon, had a good relationship with the Morrisons.
Mr Bonhomme, a South African who “knows a good curry when he sees one”, said Mr Morrison was famous for the ones he whipped up for friends at home.
“I don’t delve too much into it as far as Scott’s political world goes, my role in his life is more on a faith base,” he said.
“Yes, our PM is a Christian, he regularly goes to a church and with that my job is to provide a place for him to express his faith.”
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The pastor said he and his congregation were delighted about having one of their own in the nation’s top job.
“We are thrilled, we are just so excited and thankful and humbled all at the same time. There is a measure of responsibility too and we want to do our best. From our perspective we do all we can to represent our prime minister well,” he said.
“We are a bit more upbeat, a bit more up-tempo than a traditional church. The message is the same — love, justice, care — however the presentation is probably a bit louder, a bit more up tempo and a lot more musicians. I would say we are passionate in the way we share our beliefs.”
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Mr Morrison, a former treasurer and minister for social services, immigration and border protection minister, has been open about his faith.
He was an opponent of same-sex marriage (same-sex unions do not occur in the Horizon Church) and has been roundly criticised for his tough stance on asylum seekers.
In his maiden speech to parliament in 2008 Mr Morrison thanked Hillsong pastors Brian Houston and Leigh Cameron for their “great assistance”. Hillsong, like Horizon, is a Pentecostal mega-church. It was founded by Houston and his wife Bobbie in Sydney in 1983 and claims to attract 100,000 people around the world every week.
“Growing up in a Christian home, I made a commitment to my faith at an early age,” Mr Morrison said in his maiden speech. “My personal faith in Jesus Christ is not a political agenda.
“In recent times it has become fashionable to negatively stereotype those who profess their Christian faith in public life as ‘extreme’ and to suggest that such faith has no place in the political debate of this country.
“Australia is not a secular country — it is a free country. This is a nation where you have the freedom to follow any belief system you choose. Secularism is just one. It has no greater claim than any other on our society.”
Hillsong, and therefore Pentecostal Christianity, has long been on the radar of the Liberal Party.
MEMBERS OF our Morley church went into battle against evil a couple of Sundays ago when they spent part of the morning service considering the film “Hannibal” and being told that their Pastor and Elders had written to the Federal Attorney-General to express strong feelings about the film which is currently showing in Perth.
Others in the denomination may have thought about the film with distaste and perhaps anger: Morley went further by registering their grave concern about the classification given to the film which allows it to be seen by anyone aged above 15 years and suggesting it should not be shown at all.
At the morning service on February 18 Pastor John Randell introduced the subject, saying he would like to read to all those present the letter that had been written by Keith Robins on behalf of the Elders and the Pastor to Attorney-General Darryl Williamson — a House of Representatives member for a Perth constituency and the Minister in charge of film classification in Australia.
The letter read as follows:
“At a recent meeting of the Pastor and Elders of the Morley Baptist Church we expressed grave concern about the showing and classification of the film “Hannibal”, rated MA15+.
“Our first preference would be that the film be withdrawn from the theatres. “If this is not possible we would request that you take the necessary action to have the Office of Film and Literature Classification re-classify this film to an R rating.
“We are deeply concerned about the psychological and spiritual effects this film, with its hideous violence, will have on, especially, the young people in the audiences.”
John Randell told the church that Dr Lachlan Dunjey had wanted something said about reasons why church people should not see “Hannibal” and the Elders had agreed with that sentiment. But, he continued, even if it was never going to be necessary to dissuade people from seeing the film he would like Lachlan to express his views.
“Obviously I haven’t seen the movie,” Dr Dunjey replied, “but it is about real evil — not just your ordinary murder and rape and mass killings (as though we could ever become desensitised to those, which is a risk). It is about sinister, terrible evil and all the critics acknowledge this. So, the real question is, ‘Should we expose our minds to this or any other kind of evil?’
“The scriptural principles are very clear: just let me mention two: ‘We reap what we sow’ (Gal 6:7) and ‘We must sow good thoughts’ (Phil 4:8).”
He quoted from “The Message” version of the latter: “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you‘ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious — the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse … Do that and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.”
Continuing, he warned that the consequences of ignoring this kind of advice were both psychological and spiritual and he saw both in his work.
“We need to acknowledge that what we fill our minds with influences our thoughts and actions. Violent thought fuels even more violent thought. Truthfully, deep inside ourselves, we are aware that such exposure does us no good — it’s not uplifting, it doesn’t spur us on to greater things, it doesn’t facilitate our enjoyment of people or the simple pleasures of life.”
Quoting C.S.Lewis (“it’s not surprising he had something to say about this principle of life”) Dr Dunjey said:
“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or a railway line or a bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
Asked by Pastor Randell if there were any circumstances in which it was all right to go to see a film like “Hannibal”, Lachlan Dunjey said there were.
“If, for example, a person ‘had’ to go because of his involvement in mental health issues, or if, for any good reason we, as Christians, had to go into the Devil’s territory. But then we must surround that person with prayer and send them in God’s name. It must never be out of curiosity or seeking entertainment. Those motive are dangerous, and we leave ourselves open psychologically and spiritually.”
Dear South West Prayer Network and Friends of the Gospel,
It’s been a long time on the road! I just returned home on Monday evening of the 5th of March after travelling fifty six days non-stop around Australia to eight capital cities in eight weeks with Team Kenya and other Australian Leaders. Every night at 7.00 pm we were preaching with one night where we didn’t make it in time.
I want to thank everyone who was involved with Healing the Broken Heart of Australia in these past 2 months. Especially our coordinators in each of the eight cities… THANK YOU SO MUCH!
All our prayer partners, THANK YOU! We stepped into something very, very great in God. I ask your forgiveness for those I have forgotten to mention, my apologies everyone.
SPECIAL THANKS to Francis Borsic from Port Hedland who sacrificed her life and home to serve God with me for the past year.
SPECIAL THANKS to Team Africa for their gift of love and extreme sacrifice in paying their own fares and coming to Australia in sometimes pretty rugged conditions and then going home to personal hardship.
First Four Cities:
Second Four Cities:
PERTH – MELBOURNE – DARWIN – BRISBANE
CANBERRA – ADELAIDE – HOBART – SYDNEY
The reason for such a trip was concerning revelation, visions, dreams and missions over several years into Africa and Pakistan since 2013.
“Overthrow 2017” was the gathering that was held in Mount Barker, Western Australia last year in Pastor Mike and Lisa’s church. This gathering was significant to understanding the timing of God and His heart for Australia right now and where he was taking us. The nation of Australia had a broken heart.
During the first four cities, Apostle Frederick Indangasi Isoyi was partnering with Arrow Head International and was a key person and very significant in our ability to take a team of seven Senior Pastors mostly from the Baptist Church in Kenya.
Fred represents “Jesus Power Evangelistic Missions International” based in Mtwapa, Mombassa, Kenya. With him comes the support of thousands of Baptist Churches.
Apostle Solomon Okumu is the Pastor of Destiny Outreach Church in Mtomondoni, Mtwapa, Mombassa, Kenya. Solomon was the first pastor who opened the door for me to go into Africa and to preach and hold my own leaders conference in partnership with his ministry for that time.
The Journey Began on the 8th of January
Perth, Western Australia is where we began our journey on the 8th of January 2018. During that crusade, I was already thinking about the 8 weeks away from home and family and counting the cost.
Praise God! We have obeyed the Lord in going to every capital city of Australia in 8 weeks. A total of 56 days non stop and holding meetings every night with one exception when we travelled by plane from Perth to Melbourne and we didn’t arrive in time for our first evening meeting.
Support the work of the ministry 7 more years to go
Please support the work of the Lord through your finances and prayer.
During the past 2 months, the Lord has shown us that this was just the foundation year and that there are 7 more years to go. We need your help and thank you to those who sowed into the ministry in accomplishing the task of Healing The Broken Heart of Australia in our Maiden voyage around Australia.
WE NEED: $8000.00
Account Name: Arrow Head International,
BSB Number: 036032,
Account Number: 524137
Maybe you can sow $1000, if that’s you, praise God! There has been an anointing on a call for $1000 which started in Perth, Western Australia.
Your assistance is required to complete the mission of HEALING THE BROKEN HEART OF AUSTRALIA. And also for me to go to Africa next month for the Annual Fire Conference with Sister Eunice Indangasi and to plan for next year with Apostle Fred and the team there.
New Assignments into Alice Springs and Kenya, Africa
I am calling our Australian Team from Healing The Broken Heart of Australia to Alice Springs to support Pastor Sharon Lowah at Easter this year.
More details will follow, but we are planning to be there from the 30th of March for 3 days.
2019Healing the Broken Heart of Australia
The 2nd Circuit around Australia – will you join us as we pick up momentum in the coming year for HEALING THE BROKEN HEART OF AUSTRALIA in 2019.
I will be travelling back to Kenya to continue our discussions and making plans for our second circuit around Australia. I need your support for these missions and to continue to build in Australia and in relationships with Africa.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and for standing with us in this past year. We were able to do the task the Lord had given us this year. 7 more years to go and maybe you will be able to physically join us next year. Pray about it. Ask the Lord what He wants you to do… revival and transformation is what is being released and more as we travelled around the nation. We can’t stop now… the Lord is breathing on us… Amen! The foundation has been built… our Aboriginal people were there to receive us in every city… some stronger than others… but praise God the Lord has done His work.
Writing a Book
When we were in Canberra, Apostle Joshua Omala had a word for me to write a book. I have already started writing one but felt that the Lord was wanting me to write specifically about the Healing the Broken Heart of Australia and the meetings that took place. So that is what I will be doing. If you want one, let me know please.
As a fun time to celebrate national achievements Australia Day is a beloved occasion for most of us. However an increasingly vocal and growing minority, including thoughtful Christians, say the Day needs to be shifted, scrapped or renamed. Aboriginal activists label the 26th January, when the first British settlers landed in 1788, as “Invasion Day”, the beginning of a land grab, massacres, rapes, genocide and so on.
These things really did happen and a “get over it” response hurts rather than heals multi-generational wounds. On the other hand I have no tolerance for the do-gooders who trumpet loudly an anti-racist position designed to impress us with their self-righteousness.
Deliberately defacing the image of God cannot be atoned for by renaming a piece of land! There is something deeper in all this than politics and human emotion. We need “the mind of Christ” about Australia’s Day (1 Cor 2:16).
Expounding Christlike thinking Paul exhorts us all, “in humility count others better than yourselves…. Have this mind among you, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:3, 5). Returning to Australia from overseas late in 2017 what I found most confronting was the loud, abusive and aggressive street language of the local Indigenous women. With their young males openly going through nearby letterboxes early in the morning it would be easy to be racist, without Jesus.
But racism can be very subtle. The pious attitude, “they can’t help it because they’re victims/we need to help them because we’re more privileged” is just a nice way of putting forward our sense of superiority. This penetrates deeply into the life of the Church; how many Indigenous pastors are leading white congregations?
It’s hard for Westerners not to think we’re better than others, for we brought civilisation and the gospel to this continent. There is however a spiritual path out of the superior/inferior dilemma.
Imagine life today if Japan had won WWII colonised Australia and made everyone use Japanese as a first language! This didn’t happen, but Jesus expected his followers to be dispossessed of family, friends and nationhood in a way which would enable us to empathise with those who have forcibly lost language, land and culture (Mark 10:29).
Dispossession is part of our identity in Christ (1 Pet 2:11). Only through such rejection can we discern our Father’s intentions for Indigenous Australians in his great plan for us all. To possess vision into how our Indigenous brethren are “better” than us (Phil 2:3) all our native myths must die.
MYTH AND MAKE-BELIEVE
Every nation needs a sustaining myth and here are some politically popular ones. The conservative celebration of our “Judeo-Christian heritage” and the progressive chant, “we are one of the most successful multi-cultural nations in world” are equally secular because neither of them dares to publically lift up the name of JESUS. But the dominant myth amongst our fun worshipping population is the myth of a “happy prosperous Australia”. Anything that get’s in the way of this myth, be it race, religion or ideology, better get out of the way. So much for Westernised myths, what about Indigenous mythology?
Aboriginal people love to remind us they are “the world’s oldest living culture (50,000 years).” This is significant, not because the Indigenous had the smarts to live harmoniously with the land, but because God taught them how to survive in a harsh continent for so long, awaiting the coming of the gospel (Acts 17:26-28).
Leaving God’s grace out of the picture is just humanistic boasting. Nevertheless, something significant in Indigenous culture has survived centuries of Western indoctrination. When Yagan’s head was returned from the UK Noongar elder Richard Wilkes stated: ‘It is very important because …spiritually, once we rebury Yagan’s kaat (head) into the ground…the spirit of Yagan will rise up in and amongst us.’ The Indigenous people have faith that the fighting spirit and stance against injustice of their tribal hero will empower them once again. This is not a novel conviction.
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien agreed that the death and resurrection myths of the ancient world and tribal Europe prepared their peoples for the “true myth” of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Aboriginal mythic forms, like the death and return of Yagan’s spirit, are quite capable of conversion by the gospel. As such our Indigenous people, much like folk in the Third World, remain a spiritually sensitive people.
But as long as mainstream Western culture sustains the myth that we can explain everything by natural-scientific causes our peoples can never comprehend the supernatural gospel. As long as Australia believes, “‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’” (Deut 8:17) we are in spiritually blinded. Having said all this there must be Indigenous Christians who can lead the Church in our land into deeper things in God.
Surely seeing so many of their people excluded from the myth of a “prosperous happy Australia” gives them a prophetic edge over us. Our call is to recognise those with a double portion as more important than our own for the fulfilment of God’s plan for Australia (Isa 61:7). What is holding us all back?
DE-MYTHOLOGISING THE CHURCH
All attempts to sustain the memory of a Christian Australia are a heap of dead men’s bones that will not receive the Spirit of God.
To the contrary, let’s thank the sovereign Lord for progressively dispossessing us of our Christian heritage, for the myth of Christendom must die that the name of Jesus might live.
The power of the cross puts to death all historical reminisces, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, because on the cross God the Son was dispossessed of everything. In “becoming a curse for us” (Gal 3:13)
Jesus was stripped of his covenantal identity as an Israelite, Messiah, Son of God and of all human dignity (Ps 22:6). As Indigenous and non-Indigenous Christians meet in the One who was utterly dispossessed of everything for all of us a wonderful unity will emerge in Christ. Once freed from the myths which “cling so closely” God can raise up a unified people, not so much for the re-evangelisation of Australia, but for the true evangelisation of our land (Heb 12:1)
Money, ideology and politics can never reconcile the enmity which only the blood of the cross has already atoned for (Col 1:20).
Once a “Christian nation” that embraced the historically inevitable extinction of its original peoples, Australia is now a nation where many are plotting the termination of the Church. Only if the diverse people of God see these older and more recent catastrophes through the lens of the cross is there any hope that the Australia Day written in heaven can come to pass.
God’s wonderful plan for all Aussies, ancient tribes and new (Eph 1:10; Rev 5:9), his plan which we might call “Australia’s Day” of salvation, awaits the emerging of a mature Church that can appreciate others are better than ourselves (Phil 2:3). May the Lord of all mercy grant us this gift.
From: Rev Lawrence Shave. Perth. Western Australia.
It seems that the Federal Australian Government Parliamentarians have laid the golden egg and killed the goose in celebration Same sex marriage, but they the parliamentarians have deceived the general public in Australia as they did not tell the general public that the “Yes and No Vote” had more devious demands to silence the Christian Church from the truths of the gospel in speaking out that in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 6 it says that “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived “Neither the sexually immoral”, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanders, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of god “And that is what some of you were. “But” Praise God” “Some” You were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by His Spirit you were Saved.
SIN BECOMES ENTERTAINMENT:
Human sinfulness is God’s condemnation of a condition even more damning than the practice itself, supporting and encouraging evil by taking pleasure in the immoral actions of others. This disposition is the ultimate in depravity, vicarious enjoyment of lust and evil as sin becomes “Entertainment” .
Today we know what great harm is produced by the portrayal of immorality that dominates the entertainment media, yet many approve of it and derive pleasure from it. Being entertained by watching other people sin and engage in ungodly actions, even while you yourself abstain, brings you under the same divine condemnation as those engaging in such evil practices, Sin is intensified in any society wherever it meets with inhibition from the disapproval of others.
In the Bible it says that SIN is worthy of death and will be exposed and judged at the final day of judgement, also God says that its an abomination “Detestable, Revolting and He The Lord of Lords Loathes this practice, and I see also that the gay festival started in Sydney Australia some years ago and was not excepted by 99% of Australians and the Rev Fred Nile protested against such practices, but since that time many other have welcomed this fun parade but I would also see that now the fire of sexual perverted sin will kill hundreds of millions people in Australia and overseas as they the sinner have given there souls over to the devil for destruction as the devil comes to Steal, Kill and Destroy, and the parliamentarians had the opportunity to stop this sexual love perversion, but took a blind eye to it, and maybe these same people are in this sexual lust for themselves as I see that the City of Canberra is the Capital City of Sin.
And I see even the Muslim community are asking now that the “Yes” vote has been passed that male Muslims should be available to have four wives, so I think that Abraham would turn in his grave if knowing of the Muslim people not supporting to No vote and I think Abraham would also turn these people over to the dark side of the devil for destruction because of there double mindedness as it says they unstable in all there ways and are not true to there faith, and I believe that there is only one mighty man in Federal Government in Canberra and that is Mr Tony Abbot, no wonder he got kicked out of being Prime Minister of Australia as “All” the other Ministers on both side of the House ganged up against him because he is a true Christian and stands by his principles laid and given instructions in the Holy Bible, and it seems that Federal Ministers are in the habit of killing innocent people even young children that have not a say for themselves behind closed doors, and the Government of the land ignores them, but aborts them instead killing millions upon millions of unborn Children, and the Federal Ministers celebrate having a marriage between two men or two women, but what next a man and a donkey or a woman and a horse, its not love between to people its lust of the flesh.
I will not be marrying anybody that are gay, only “Born Again Christians,”
In His Service Rev Lawrence Shave Perth. Western Australia.
Former Wimbledon champion Margaret Court has again weighed in on the same-sex marriage debate as Australia prepares for a non-binding postal vote on the issue.
Her controversial comments earlier this year sparked both outrage and support from different sides of the argument.
In the video above, hear from Mrs Court as she talks about gay rights, lesbians in tennis and religion.
The controversy began with a letter Mrs Court wrote to the The West Australian letters to the editor section. With the announcement this week of the postal vote on the gay marriage issue, Mrs Court has again written to the newspaper.
This is her letter:1)Friday, 11 August 2017 9:13 AM see Article Link: thewest.com.au Article Title: Margaret Court says people migrated to Australia because of its moral values – don’t change them for gay marriage
It is disappointing Australia has to go to any vote on same-sex marriage. We have, ever since foundation, been a proud nation, a nation which people migrated to — to the extent that it eventually had to be restricted.
Australia’s moral values are the envy of the world; nobody wants to leave and there are plenty in the queue wanting to get in. If we have to vote, let us vote no to gay marriage for the sake of Australia, our children and our children’s children.