Freedom Of Speech
I have not, and it is not my intention to, use my weekly Pastor’s Journal as a political or personal platform. The purpose has been to encourage and empower the reader in their faith and daily walk with the Lord. However, on this occasion, I felt it important to highlight that in Australia, we are at a precipice with our freedom of speech about to be pushed over the edge of a cliff, with no return.
Our federal election is coming up in a few weeks and there has not been a more important time in the history of our country as to who you vote for. We currently have a Christian Prime Minister, let’s do our bit to keep it that way! If you haven’t done your research on the policies of alternative parties, please do so. You will be horrified.
Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate and exercise the power or right to express one's opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction.
Who would have thought that in Australia we have reached the point where we have basically lost, or quickly losing, our freedom of speech? This will happen rapidly with a change of government.
Many of you will have been following the Israel Folau story. If you haven’t, I encourage you to read up on it. It is a current example of have far we have gone down the slippery slope with minimal chance of clawing back our freedoms.
Alan Jones, a well-known media radio presenter, and writer for the Australian newspaper, has written some great articles highlighting the craziness we are experiencing. Mr Jones writes…
”Our legal system, in its zeal for the facts will allow people to swear on the Bible that what they say is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help them God … the same Bible that Israel Folau quoted from … the same Bible that Raelene Castle (head of Rugby Australia) says is so offensive that merely quoting from it should see one cast, weeping and gnashing their teeth into the exterior darkness … the same Bible (on which) our governors-general and prime ministers take their oath of office.
Israel Folau faces a Code of Conduct hearing to determine his future in rugby after his social media post quoting the King James Bible was deemed a "high-level" breach of his contract. The issue around Folau is really quite simple. You either believe in God or you don’t. You are either a Christian or you are not.
I have no problem with which route is chosen by an individual; but if you do not believe in the heaven and hell thing, then there is no hell; so how could you be offended by what Folau posted from the Bible?
But if you are a Christian, or claim to be a Christian and you do believe in heaven and hell, and the word of Jesus Christ, then you should be living according to God’s word. What Folau posted is truth so a committed Christian could not in any way be offended.
Or are some people pretending to be Christians and picking and choosing which doctrines they will adhere to?
If you are not a Christian, then there is no such thing as hell. So what is the kerfuffle?”
We are living in challenging times where our beliefs will be questioned and we will be called upon to ‘defend the faith’. Thank God for Alan Jones, a non-Christian, that sees through all the rubbish of political correctness and the attack on our basic freedoms, who is willing to stand up for what is right.