From the Pastor
As I foreshadowed, having a rugby player become a public spokesperson for Christianity is fraught with danger. Recently, in a sermon, Falou read from Isaiah 24:4-6 “The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.” Folau then links the passage to the twin disasters of bushfire and drought and, in turn, the legalising of same-sex marriage and abortion.
Falou’s position is too simplistic to be helpful. Simon Smart’s statement, from the Centre for Public Christianity, is much more balanced and helpful.
“It is theologically problematic to believe that anybody could know that a specific disaster is the judgement of God. On a number of occasions Jesus actively discouraged people from making convenient (or easy) links between negative events and specific human behaviour (John 9:1-5).”
“To link bushfires and doubts to the judgement of God is cruel to those who have lost life and property in the recent fires or suffered through the drought. Those people would benefit from a voice of compassion coming from the church and from regular and repeated acts of generosity..”