Salt & light

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get a little tired reading and responding to the various petitions sent my way, or writing to members of parliament about certain issues. I really don’t know how many times I’ve responded to emails concerning the current push for same-sex marriage or the current push behind the so-called Safe Schools material. I sometimes think to myself: when will it ever stop! Our nation, sadly, almost seems hell-bent on both wanting to silence God speaking to any area of our life, as well as wanting to force upon us what it now thinks is right. O Lord, have mercy on us, is my regular cry.

In saying this, I did receive an email this week from the ACL (Australian Christian Lobby) to say that our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is calling a review on the whole Safe Schools program. Thank you Lord! I cannot believe that our government has been funding a program which tells children in our schools about penis-tucking, breast-binding, and encourages experimentation of one’s sexuality. For me, the whole Safe Schools program is not safe at all; it will prove dangerous to our children, and is simply a blatant push of biased sexual propaganda, under the guise of anti-bullying. And so, I have just finished writing another letter to our PM thanking him for ordering a review.

But, it isn’t just the above issues that seem to require ongoing attention and patient perseverance. For those of us involved in RI (Religious Instruction, that is, Christian Education) in our local schools, it too involves regular discourses and meetings, and letters. As it too is an area that some (many?) in our society want to see once-and-for-all removed, and replaced with what we now think is right. And so that thinking obviously filters through to our schools, and some therefore seem to be making it increasingly harder for RI to be effectively delivered. Yes, O Lord, have mercy on us, is my regular cry. And so, just this last week, there has been another escalation in this area.

Yes, I don’t know about you, but I do sometimes get a little tired, responding to these matters that come my way. But as a child of God I should be concerned about them, and should, where I can, do something about them, as well as always pray about them. Yes, to be the salt to this earth, and the light to this world, as Jesus expects us to be (Matthew 5:13-16), is hard going. It requires standing firm in God’s truths, always. It involves loving, even your enemies, always. It is hard. It can be tiring. And it usually means that some will say awful things about you. But friends, great will our reward be in heaven, so rejoice and be glad, as one continues to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:12).

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