Chapter 5 Written / Published 6.9/.13.9.17 (Pics by author, unless indicated)
Australia is in the middle of an ideology war. Much of this chapter deals with both points of view in this debate. An aspiring Prime Minister was exposed telling a lie on national television.
There's a follow-up on the bombing of the Christian Lobby Headquarters in Canberra last year. Much happened on two Sundays in late August and only days before publishing this chapter.
At the end HE shows up with a perfect number. It's all there!
96 and ALL
A few hours before commencing this chapter another horror story was broadcast on the television news. A 14-year old boy and a mate had crashed into the bedroom of a house. The child driver had lost control of the station wagon they were having fun with. Miraculously nobody was seriously hurt. One young offender fled the crash scene, but was arrested shortly afterwards at a nearby address. There were consequences of their midnight excursion - terrified residents facing a repair bill of between 100 and 150 000 Dollars.
There was an even more horrific crash making headlines in Adelaide a few weeks earlier. Again it was a group of teenage lawbreakers aged 13 to 18 years, whose nighttime fun ended in tragedy. Their excursion started in the early hours of Sunday morning 20th August, 2017. First they stole two motorcars in a western suburb of Adelaide. Next, they broke into a property about 15 kilometers to the north, before racing the stolen vehicles aimlessly through the streets of Adelaide.
They were spotted by police and followed for a time. When the high-speed pursuit became too dangerous, the officers decided to call it off. They feared it could lead to disaster. It did anyway. Had they known what was to follow, no doubt, they would have kept chasing. As the stolen vehicles approached a major intersection, Main North Road / McIntyre Road / Kings Road, Salisbury South, the driver ignored a red traffic light. The consequences were horrific.
Aged cared nurse Lucy, a 40-year old mother on her way to work, had no chance. She was killed instantly after being hit side-on by the speeding thieves, who broke all the laws they possibly could that night. Instead of stopping and checking on the crash victim, the young culprits escaped the crash scene in the second vehicle they had stolen.
The incident caused outrage in the community. People called for tougher laws to stop the senseless carnage. Fresh in their mind was a similar incident, where a 15 year-old, also in a stolen car, killed a 48 year-old wife and mother, crashing into her stationary vehicle at high speed!
Only two days later, even closer to home on Bridge Road, Para Hills, a third road user died instantly; a motorcyclist had collided with a 4-WD sedan.
It made me think: Three road deaths in four days, all within a 2 km radius! (The total for South Australia in recent years has dropped to less than 100 each year - 100 too many!)
In earlier writing I recall expressing a thought regarding disciplining a child at an early age. If four-year old children are left to do as they wish, if their wrong doing is never punished and/or corrected, what will they get up to when aged 17? In Book 11 Chapter 7 I questioned the same point: Are we creating a pool of teenage wrongdoers, who will be out of control because of lack of early childhood discipline?
Could it be that our road toll reflects this anti-spanking philosophy? Mix into it the short, popular slogan, which encourages young people into wrong doing - If it feels good, DO IT - you have a recipe for disaster! What dreadful consequences for those unfortunate, innocent motorists and the orphaned children and spouses left to rebuilt their lives!
Somebody else, a Mr. Duong, did wrong. His action also had serious consequences. As described in my Book 15, Chapter 9, the deranged man just before Christmas 2016 blew up his van, loaded with gas cylinders, outside the offices of the ACL, the Australian Christian Lobby. Luckily, he walked away alive.
In that chapter I questioned, why this massive blast, which had caused $ 100 000 damage to the ACL building, was not immediately given the status it deserved. It was plain to see that it was a political statement, an attack on the organization for their views in regard to certain values, including same-sex marriage. Mr. Duong once had worked as a gay activist in the US.
Police very quickly denied the attack was aimed at the ACL. The crime made news one day only, then disappeared from the public arena; no follow up stories in the days following.
It so happened, on the day of commencing this chapter (Sept. 6, 17) I read The Australian, our national newspaper. I had not opened one in months. On page 7 I spotted an Exclusive, an article on the latest developments in the case:
The Australian Sept. 6th, 2017, Page 7.
In contradiction, however, police still claim that Mr. Duong wanted to only end his life. He didn't solely act out of hate for the ACL's view on same-sex marriage. This does not match the facts. The blatant downplay of the seriousness of this crime reflects the attitude of the brainwashed population, including the police, toward the political right. As never before there is a universal hate against outspoken Christians and their supporters, who stand for what they believe.
It's not Christians who hate gay people. They don't resort to violence when putting their case across. Mister Shelton issued a statement to his network via email soon after the above attack. He called for Christians to pray for the perpetrators who bombed his office building. (Sadly, the media rarely broadcasts statements of this nature, it does not fit their one-sided view point).
Here is what the Lord taught, how to tread your enemies:
If there is hate, bullying and intimidation going on, it comes from the YES camp. They seem to have endless energy, trying to force their square peg into the round hole! May the Lord open their blind eyes that they may see and live!"
At this time, September 2017, a controversial marriage debate is raging all over Australia. Should the law be changed to allow people of the same gender to marry? On the day of above protest, September 7, 2017, the matter moved to a higher level. The High Court of Australia unanimously gave the go-ahead to a postal ballot, which had been challenged by opponents. They argued the government spending of $ 122 Million was unconstitutional.
All seven High Court judges disagreed - a win for the government, who wisely had promised at the 2016 Federal Election that all Australians should have a say on this divisive issue.
Pity the forthcoming postal ballot is not compulsory. Many fear that the campaign, which will stretch over six weeks, could turn nasty. Will the most cashed up camp win? Will those who scream the loudest win? I pray that those with the most logical argument will have their way, for the true welfare of the Australian people, which includes children! !
The main argument of the YES case, from what I hear, is love. Why should two people who love each other not be allowed to marry?
Another YES argument: Should not everybody be treated equally?
A further YES argument sounds like this: To marry the person I love is my human right!
The NO case focuses on the consequences of embedding same-sex marriage into law. What will happen to the rights of those opposed to it in regards to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to belief an ancient book and teach it's message?
What about children, who are produced solely for the purpose of creating a family for same-sex couples? Don't those children have a right to a female mother and a male father? How can couples choose a lifestyle that can never make them into parents, but then demand the right to be parents?
One has to feel pity for childless couples, who yearn and wait for years to adopt a child. If gay marriage were to become law, and more widespread, the waiting list for adoption would become even longer.
I am well aware that above is already happening. One has to shake the head and ask, how did we come this far? It is one thing for politicians to please a certain sector of society, a minority, but another to pass laws totally contrary to nature, to totally disregard God's amazing creation of male and female.
Here is the text of the prayer, voiced at the commencement of every parliamentary session.
How can any Member of Parliament pray that God's will be done, that they have the true welfare of Australians at heart, then vote for a law, which approves a practice God calls an abomination? ("Thou shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination! Levi. 18.22).
Fake news on TV Channel Ten!
The tactic of fabricating stuff to incite hate against your enemy was extremely well used in Nazi Germany in the 1930's! And blinded, brainwashed people fell for it! Having studied German history at school, may I remind readers that the Fuehrer was also elected democratically. Deception, lies and intimidation got him into power, followed by serious, very serious consequences.
One person believed above fake news fraud. That was understandable, because it was shown on television. What is difficult to understand is that Australia's opposition leader, Bill Shorten, claimed on national television to have seen these posters in Melbourne!
It so happened, only an hour or so after the ABC's weekly Media Watch had exposed the hoax, Mr. Shorten appeared on the same TV Channel as a panelist on the ABC's Q and A program. The subject regarding these posters somehow must have been raised. Mr. Shorten, who lives in Melbourne, said clearly: "I saw those ridiculous posters in Melbourne!"
Check for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKExpFpa8a4 Mr. Shorten tells the lie at the 7.07 Minute mark.
Normally, when a top level politician who wants to be Prime Minister is caught out telling a lie, it would cause a big stir. Not so in this instance. Besides the ABC's Media Watch (it's their core business) very little was reported, except ...
Debating the issue of marriage, a psychologist asked me if I had ever sat down with a gay person and have a talk [about their sexuality]. For a moment I didn't know what to say. Who has? But why on earth would anyone want to sit down and delve into the intimate details of their sexuality, unless they seek professional support, or acceptance of who they are?
The question by this psychologist is at the heart of this whole debate. One does not normally, at least I don't, discuss intimate sexual matters with their best friend. Why should I want to discuss it with a gay person - unless, perhaps it's a cry for help. I would gladly support that friend, without compromising my views on the gay lifestyle.
To be frank, I do not want to know, if a friend, even a family member, were gay. By their so-called coming out, do gay people ask me to form an opinion about them, or about the issue of same-sex relations? Isn't it best for my friend or relative not to come out, so I can continue the relationship as it had always been? By 'coming out' nobody can change my view on marriage - one man, one woman, who produce offspring. That's how society survived till now!
In a timely email, received as I typed these paragraphs, a man who should know better than anyone regarding marriage and international law, explained his position. Senator David Fawcett chaired the Senate Select Committee inquiry, which examined protections for religious freedom in the event that the law was changed. He wrote on 8.9.17:
No matter what the outcome of this debate will be. All wrong duong (sin) has consequences, eternal consequences. Changing the marriage act is wrong, as is the audacious hijacking by the gay lobby, stealing a biblical symbol, the rainbow! It is a slap in the face of God Almighty! Turning your back on God will always bring consequences; for the individual and for that nation!
Here is how former Prime Minister John Howard phrased it during his speech at the launch of the NO campaign: “Changing the definition of marriage…is not an exercise in human rights and equality, it is an exercise in de-authorising the Judaeo-Christian influence in our society”.
The bible says:
That's all on this delicate subject. My next thought is the word ALL, which I had fully intended to write about in this chapter. It's all so quirky, weird, strange. Maybe I need to extend my English vocabulary to find a word that fits best? Some may suggest to just use two three letter words - all mad? Whatever, let me try and explain exactly what happened.
Minutes before commencing this paragraph I arrived home from our Sunday morning church service. Knowing that I'd be writing about the word all, one song we sang in church struck me as qws - quirky, weird, strange! The refrain contained the word all exactly ten times!
Riding my bike home it came to me that it was the 10th of the months. But that's only 1/2 qws. The story about the word all, the one I'm about to make a song about, actually 11 songs, happened on August 27th. 2017.
The Bible Society of Australia was holding it's annual hymn-fest in Adelaide's St. Peters Cathedral. In 2017 the society celebrated their 200-year anniversary. It's the oldest organization established in the colony. The first bank only came one month later. (Didn't they have their priority in the right order in those days!?)
Here is a list of the hymns, in order, in that afternoon's program. When scanning all, (on Sept. 10th) I suddenly remembered that we had sung 'Praise My Soul' that morning at church. It was the first hymn at the Cathedral on August 27th.
But there was more. After the fifth hymn, 'Great is thy faithfulness', the Prince Alfred College (all boys) Choir provided a musical item. They sang another of my favourites:
As if that was not all, another item came after the ninth hymn, 'Love Divine':
At the end, as everybody was leaving and an indigenous choir from Ernabella sang at the door, I spotted only one familiar face among the crowd of approx 200. It really surprised, because I have lived in South Australia since 1983 and attended various congregations. I very rarely meet up with this 88-year lady. Talking to her outside afterwards her name did not yet click. It came the next morning, as I was writing my thoughts into my diary:
LILA - All and i, or perhaps ALL won?
Please turn back the clock. A few hours before the Hymnfest we attended our regular morning church meeting. The theme was The answer is Jesus. The leader reminded us that it was only 120 days to Christmas. There was a touch of Christmas throughout the service. The final song that Sunday was about a child born, based on Isaiah 9,Verse 6 "... unto us a child is born."
Next we took my mother-in-law, great- grandma Agnes, out to lunch. August 27th was a milestone in her life. She celebrated her 96th birthday. (Her body may be frail, but her mind is as sharp as always. She still reads the Readers Digest every month.)
The dining at the Para Hills community club was crowded as always on a Sunday. Our allocated table was right near the salad bar. As we were waiting for our meal I could not help noticing one young man's tea shirt - 96 - in large print. The number 96 seemed to be following us that Sunday.
Awesome Agnes Rose
But there was more, another 96 only a few hours later. It came right at the beginning of the Hymnfest mentioned earlier. A prominent politician, one worth voting for, led the concert that afternoon. Right at the beginning he read a verse from the Psalms:
"... sing to the Lord, all the earth". (Ps. 96, 1). Awesome!
As had happened before, Sunday seems to be the day of the week I find lots to write about. On Sunday 10th September 2017 it was my turn to drive the church bus. I enjoy the job, interacting and assisting the older folk, even though it means I am often the last to leave the church building when I return the small bus and the keys.
They forgot to turn out the lights!
That Sunday, still the 10th September, there was more which worked together for good. The world calls it co-incidence, true Christians call it God-incident.
Our pastor did something for the first time, an interview in front of the church congregation. Our Minister had asked during the week, if I was willing to be interviewed about our Men's Group, which we had started earlier in 2017.
I felt a little nervous, speaking off the cuff. My creative, outspoken mind may wander off and say the wrong thing. A specific thought, which came that morning while I was driving the bus, went like this:
About 15-20 Minutes before my interview all the children in the service and Sarah, one of the leaders, came forward. She gave the regular segment for the children before they leave the main auditorium. Sarah asked the children to stand; first on two feet, then on one, then on tip-toe. Each time, she asked how it felt.
The essence of her illustration, as I understood it, was this: When things happen and we get unstable in life, we need to stand firm on two-feet. She concluded with these words: "In today's children's church we learn, how we can trust God, in all circumstances!"
I sat in awe, listening! How awesome, the way God's Holy Spirit had planned it all that morning! A few minutes later I was able to tell our congregation during the interview what I had been thinking earlier that morning on the church bus.
How many really understood, I do not know. But I know ONE who understands! HE told me so the very next day!
Our Daily Bread - Monday September 11th, 2017
ISA 9:6 may be printed in very small font. The message it brings is so important, if books were written about all HE did, the whole world would no contain it.
Friends, turning your back on God, ultimately leads to disaster and death.
Trusting HIM, following the Wonderful Counselor, God's son Jesus, is the only way to find meaning, joy and fulfillment in life. There is no better way to live.
Index (Next chapter, God willing, Early NOv 17)