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In the midst of a very messy few weeks in Federal Politics, our nation has ended up with a Prime Minister who trusts in Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.
In his maiden speech, Scott Morrison spoke of his “personal faith in Jesus”, noting his commitment to his faith at an early age.
We can be thankful to God that he has given us a man to lead our nation who himself follows Jesus as his own leader.
Nonetheless, it is a challenge for any Christian in public office to faithfully follow his own beliefs whilst serving a nation full of diverse faith positions.
Whilst he must not divorce his own heartfelt commitment to the teachings of Jesus, he must also lead politicians who represent a wide range of constituents.
Morrison has said “My personal faith in Jesus Christ is not a political agenda.”
Furthermore, he said that for him, “faith is personal, but the implications are social—as personal and social responsibility are at the heart of the Christian message.”
This will be a real challenge for our new Prime Minister.
We must pray for him that he will have great wisdom as he seeks to be a faithful Christian man in a very public office.
For, as he observed a decade ago, “it has become fashionable to negatively stereotype those who profess their Christian faith in public life as ‘extreme’ and to suggest that such faith has no place in the political debate of this country.”
We must pray that Mr Morrison would continue to profess his Christian faith in public life, and that he would have many opportunities to commend the truth of Jesus to those he speaks to privately and also in the public sphere.
On Sunday, I announced that I am leaving Oak Flats Anglican to become the full-time Rector of Jamberoo Anglican.
In 2015, our two churches formed a partnership to share our resources to help grow the gospel in the Illawarra.
Three years ago we planted an all-new, Saturday night service at Jamberoo, and through this ministry, God has grown Jamberoo so that it is now ready to stand on its own two feet with its own, full-time rector.
After much prayer, Mandy and I have decided that it is best if we now focus our full, ministry attention on growing Jamberoo to maturity, in God’s strength.
We are very sad to leave Oak Flats after six years, and we rejoice in the love and fellowship we have warmly shared during this time of life and ministry.
We also thank God for the wonderful fruit we have seen through this parish partnership, and how he has brought new life and renewal to Jamberoo.
Our final Sunday at Oak Flats will be on 2nd December, and then we’ll start full-time at Jamberoo in January.
Please pray for both parishes as Oak Flats seeks a new rector, and Jamberoo seeks to grow its giving to be able to fully support a full-time minister.
Above all, pray that the coming years will see many people come to know and grow in the Lord Jesus Christ through these two, wonderful churches.
Grace and peace, Jodie and Mandy.