Game Changer

church and stateI am often reluctant to promote any one political party, given that elections are seldom about any one issue or any one candidate. The upcoming state election in Victoria is a game changer given the Australian Labor Party’s decision to overthrow the separation of church and state with anti-Christian policy that seeks to erode values that have served society well for so many years.

The ALP has determined that it will, if elected on Saturday, prevent religious organisations employing only people who share their values. All employers discriminate, though, and so they should; there must be criteria of suitability. So, why would parents want to send their impressionable children to a Christian school to have values shaped by teachers with anti-Christian convictions? And why should a church employ staff not supportive of the very ethos for which it exists?

Imagine action being taken in one of these employment scenarios that then ends up in court. Is a secular judge supposed to make a decision on matters of faith? It seems that the church is expected to avoid any jurisdiction in matters of state, but that it no longer works the other way around. I would suggest that, irrespective of typical voting patterns, it’s time to take a stand against the ALP and their counterparts, the Greens, on this important occasion.

One only has to look at societies founded on other systems of thought to see how Christianity has been associated with far superior economies, services and freedoms. These cannot be negated by the sins of a handful that are often conveniently magnified by those with an agenda to overturn Christian values or to irresponsibly and incorrectly paint Christians as intolerant and repressive. Perhaps it’s time for the sleeping giant of conservatism to raise its voice and declare that reckless politics has no place in a nation that is getting tired of being told that its greatness is not good enough.

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2 thoughts on “Game Changer

  1. The “sleeping giant of conservatism” is a ridiculous notion; we have a blatantly right wing media and conservative governments in the majority of states as well as federally. Conservatism isn’t sleeping by any measure.
    Furthermore, all employment opportunities have inherent criteria of suitability, as you have stated. Every employer discriminates, to a degree. It’s up to the Church, Christian schools and other Christian employers to be a little bit smarter in how they advertise and employ. I would submit that any Christian that finds themselves in the court situation you describe has not been careful or intelligent in the methods they use to find suitable employees.

    • Thanks Michael. You’re certainly correct in saying that conservative voices are alive and well in many areas. Also, it is true that, if the laws regarding employment are pushed through, then organisations will sadly have to adjust their approaches. As someone else pointed out to me, though, political parties aren’t subjected to the same restrictions that are being imposed here, so there does seem to be an anti-religious push that needs some degree of pushing back. It possibly all comes down to how that is done, but I think there are many Christians who are typically inactive on issues of social and moral conscience, so it will be interesting to see if this one brings any surprises at the ballot box.

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