Five-star digs to jail
As I wrote this before I went on one week’s annual leave, by the time you read this, things might have changed, or might still be the same….
Well, I am pretty sure that most of you have heard all about this: how Tara Brown and her 60 Minutes colleagues are in (are still in?) a very awful predicament: one day in a five star apartment and the next in a Lebanese jail. Let alone the awful ordeal that Sally Faulkner is enduring since her children were taken 11 months ago – an ordeal which now includes sharing a cell with Tara Brown. And if the Lebanese judge accepts a recommendation by the prosecutor, these Australians could be charged with offences that carry up to 20 years’ jail, Lebanese media reported. Oh dear!
Apparently what has happened is this. Firstly the marriage had failed and so the couple had separated. Apparently Ms. Faulkner (of Brisbane) agreed to their two children travelling to Lebanon to see their dad, for a little holiday. But apparently after they arrived, he told her that ‘plans have changed’ and they would be staying. And hence, what is now called the ‘bungled’ attempt by the 60 Minutes crew to get Ms. Faulkner’s children back.
Now this Minute from a Minister is not my attempt to evaluate who is in the wrong and who is in the right and what should now happen. This Minute from a Minister is simply a reminder to you and to me as to what the Holy Scriptures teach: we are to be submissive to rulers and authorities (Titus 3:1), and so that has implications as to how we are to respond to the messy, and sometimes very heart wrenching stuff, we encounter in this fallen world, a world that continues to rebel against God. And so, just as it is not right to say to your estranged wife, ‘plans have changed’, and therefore treat her with contempt, it is certainly not right to go into another country and treat their laws with contempt.
It has also reminded me that we need to be careful about how we speak about those in authority, whether those in Australia or in another nation. Because what follows Titus 3:1, and in the very same sentence, is: slander no one (Titus 3:2). And so this has reminded me that I need to be very careful how I speak about our own rulers and authorities: those who govern us, those who police us. Hmmm.
Please pray for Judge Rami Abdullah;
please pray for the children: Lahela, 6, and Noah, 4.
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