SOCIAL ISSUES

COVID 19

What does God have to say to us about the COVID 19 crisis?

  1. The virus teaches us how frail we actually are. The words of the psalmist ring true: The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind [or COVID-19] blows over it and it is gone and its place remembers it no more. (Ps. 103:15-16).
  2. The virus teaches us equality. The virus does not respect ethnic boundaries or status boundaries.  Tom Hanks and Peter Dutton can be infected.  It teaches us that we are all members of the great human family created in the image of God.  In our suffering in the pain of losing a loved one we are completely equal.  Weak and without answers.
  3. The virus causes us to lose control. We love to be in control.  And more than ever before we can control significant parts of our lives.  But perhaps this sense of control is an illusion, a bubble that the corona virus has popped, revealing the reality that we are not really in control.
  4. The virus teaches us to know the pain of being excluded.  Which is reminding us that our creator created us for relationship.  We are having at the moment to deal with isolation. It’s an experience the leper community of Jesus’s day knew all too well.  They had to walk up and down the streets of their hometowns calling out “unclean.”
  5. We are being taught the difference between faith and fear.  All over the place there are people making high anxiety decisions – attempting to assert control.  If I can’t control anything else, at least I can make sure that I have enough toilet paper.  But I want to remind us that Jesus the good shepherd is in control – and we should look to faith rather than fear at this time.
  6. We are driven in this crisis to God and our need to pray.  We can call out to our Father in heaven and pray for the sick, the vulnerable, for those treating them, for those in high risk situations, and the elderly.  We need to pray for the authorities for wise calm and decisive leadership.  And we need to pray for people to repent and the Lord Jesus to return.
  7. We can use this crisis to reflect on what is most important.  That we will all eventually die. And that for some beyond that there is eternal death.  This should motivate us more than anything to talk to our friends about the importance of being prepared for eternal life.

These  few  reflections are from Dominic Steele, Lead pastor at The Village Church Sydney, and drawing from Mark Oden in The Gospel Coalition.

Drought bush fires and other disasters

How is the church responding?  In NSW see what we’re doing through the Jericho Road –  bush fire appeal HERE and drought relief HERE

For a thought provoking comment on these issues  see this contribution from Peter Barnes on the PCA website HERE

The Abortion Issue

As Christians we believe that God is the giver of life (e.g. Acts 17:25) and that he entrusts to our care the lives of the weak and vulnerable (e.g. Psalm 82:3). This includes unborn children. The Biblical ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) are one of the great moral texts and provide a historical basis for our legal system. The sixth commandment forbids murder, the deliberate taking of innocent human life. This is the foundation for the value of protection of life that we find in our criminal code.We are convinced that just as our society is rightly concerned to protect vulnerable lives, such as premature babies,the same principles should lead us to an equal concern for unborn babies.In the Bible, conception is regarded as a precious gift from God, who is the giver of life. Repeatedly, the Bible tells of children as God’s generous gift. It also refers to the wonder of life in womb. Most famously, King David writes: “For you created my inmost being; you knit  me  together  in  my  mother’s  womb.  I  praise  you  because I  am  fearfully  and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13).

Adapted from “The Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of NSW Submission to Inquiry into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019”  read the full submission

Here are links to a selection of articles or sites that present the anti-abortion argument.  There is some overlap but all are well worth the read.  Many more websites and articles can be found by a simple web search using the term “anti abortion”.

“The restoration of the pro-life plank of the Hippocratic oath to a remnant of physicians” in the USA is the vision of The Association of Pro-life Physicians (APP).  Their pro life articles are at: The Association of Pro-Life Physicians (APP)  

Ten non-religious reasons against abortion is an article that appeared in the Spectator – Australia by Mark Powell published 27 March 2018. It is a summary of arguments against abortion based on anatomy, physiology and logic rather than anything religious.  Ten non-religious reasons against abortion

Right to Life Australia Inc. is a non-denominational, non-party political incorporated association that works to uphold the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death.  Right to Life Australia

Probe Ministries is a non-profit ministry whose mission is to assist the church in renewing the minds of believers with a Christian worldview and to equip the church to engage the world for Christ.  They have an excellent article in which Kerby Anderson helps us understand that concerns about abortion are more than just a fundamentalist backlash.  He reviews arguments from a Christian, biblical perspective and then introduces arguments from medical, legal and philosophical points of views as well.  He concludes, “The Bible and logic are on the side of the Christian who wants to stand for the sanctity of human life.”  https://probe.org/arguments-against-abortion/

Last Updated on 3 May 2020 by admin