- Who we are
- What we do
This week a local ‘artist’ wrote the following on a brick wall in Oak Flats: “Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are.”
The idea of ‘judging’ seems to fly in the face of our contemporary world which embraces the individual’s right to make choices about everything from hairstyle to sexual behaviour.
Yet even though our society races headlong towards amorality, most people still would display the fact that they have an innate sense of right and wrong.
So, most people would judge that a parent who murders his or her baby has acted wrongly, or that someone who peddles in child pornography is immoral.
Thus, our local graffiti writer is correct in saying that judging defines who we are, for when we are prepared to judge something as moral or immoral it shows we believe in an underlying ethical framework, in an absolute right and wrong; and it is only in the Bible that anyone can truly know God’s mind on the morality of the world he created and governs.
As Paul wrote to the church at Rome, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.” (Romans 1:18-19)
This Sunday is Defence Sunday, a day which is important for us as we pray for the members of our defence force and for their chaplains.
The group, ‘Defence Anglicans’ remind us of the importance of Defence Sunday:
Whilst Remembrance Day recalls the tragedy of World War 1 and the hope for peace which came with the Armistice on 11 November 1918, the experiences of the 20ths and now the 21st Century reveal that this hope remains unfulfilled.
Tragically, Australian service personnel continue to die in combat in the Middle East and the numbers of physical, psychological and spiritual causalities continue to increase.
Our church has a responsibility to provide ongoing pastoral and spiritual care to serving military personnel.
The greatest support that the church can provide to its chaplains engaged in this mission is prayer and understanding.
Please remember to pray for the safety of those who serve in the defence force and for their chaplains.