churches unite!: getting our priorities straight
Yesterday Christian leaders from a range of denominations in Sydney, including Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Baptist, joined together in a show of unity.
So what has the power to unite the largest branches of Christianity in Australia?
Is it global poverty and the recent deferral of Australia’s foreign aid commitments? No.
Youth homelessness? No.
Problem gambling? No.
Youth suicide? Australia’s failure to sign the ban against cluster bombs? The danger posed to the Great Barrier Reef and other natural beauty by mining companies? Australia’s role in unjust wars in Central and South-West Asia? Closing the gap on Aboriginal life expectancy?
Australia’s treatment of refugees? Wealth disparity? Racism? Climate Change?
No, no, no and no.
Instead these Christian leaders united to oppose same-sex marriage…
Recently I was on a panel and the topic was Christians and political engagement. At one point, in response to a question, I turned to the fellow sitting next to me, an atheist. I asked, “What things is the Church known for in Australian society?”
He replied without the need for reflection – “Abortion and homosexuality.”
I’ll leave it to you to discern what this all means.
If you want to embody an alternative to fear-mongering why not unite to advocate for something worthwhile? Check out Welcome to Australia‘s Walk Together Event on Saturday June 23 in your city. June 17-23 is Refugee Week, so come join us to say:
We’re Aboriginal Australians, we’re refugees, we’re skilled migrants, we’re long-term Australians, we’re international students, we’re asylum seekers… we’re people. It’s time to Walk Together into a future where diversity is celebrated, fear is replaced with welcome and where everyone belongs.
Posted on June 18, 2012, in Advocacy, Church/Ecclesiology, Current Events, Sexuality & Gender and tagged Church/Ecclesiology, Homosexuality, Priorities, Same-Sex Marriage, Unity, Walk Together, Welcome to Australia. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.