Moderator's Comments - Posted 14 July 2015
According to Solomon, of the seven things God hates, pride tops the list (Proverbs 6:16 – 19). CS Lewis called pride, “that complete anti-God state of mind – it leads to every other vice!”. Martin Luther claimed that his greatest enemy was not the Pope or Cardinal, but the enemy within, his own pride.
Pride is on display all around us – from the tennis courts of Wimbledon to the strange thinking of the Greek Finance Ministers.
Pride is at the core of one of the shortest books in the Bible, Obadiah, it comes between Amos and Jonah. Obadiah is a prophecy against Edom, the descendants of Esau, who having been deceived by Jacob, now themselves drip with the pride of self deceit (v3). Their confidence is in their impregnable position in the plateaux (v3), their confidence is in their allies and advisors (v7 – 8) and in their standing army (v9). Their pride has driven their cruel inhumanity, for in the day their national cousins Judah fell to the Babylonians, they stood aloof (v11) and did nothing to help.
That’s pride, it drives self deceit, it causes people to trust in the untrustworthy and it never forgets a wrong, it seethes and plots as it seeks revenge. Such pride is evidenced in the Family Law Court, in criminal networks, in battlefields and in church dissensions. It is everywhere.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 29 June 2015
Darryl Kerrigan loved Bonnie Doon for its serenity,'how's the serenity, so much serenity'.
After a weekend of vile terrorist activity, and the perverse normalisation of same sex marriage in the USA, through the declaration of the Supreme Court there, we need the reminder that these are days of serenity for the believer.
How can the Christian be serene when the world seems to be going mad and the moral order crumbling under our feet?
We are serene (unruffled, placid, tranquil, unperturbed) because we know that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that one day, 'every knee will bow...and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father', (Philippians 2:10-11).
This does not mean that we are to be idle and apathetic, but the foundation of all our persuasive and proclaiming activity, is a theologically driven reality, expressing itself in serenity.
God is in control, 'For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods', ( Psalm 95:3).
Moderator's Comments - Posted 26 June 2015
In the 1970’s or early ‘80’s, the now defunct Bulletin magazine published a lead article on the infiltration by the political left of three major institutions in Australia, the ABC, the environmental movement and the Uniting Church of Australia. With hindsight we can now see how successful the left has been.
On any objective assessment, each of these institutions or movements has been successfully invaded and dominated to the detriment of each institutions’ founding principles.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 16 June 2015
Our exit parish, after Moore College, was Wee Waa, in the North West on the black soil plains of NSW. Wee Waa at that time was the cotton centre of Australia and the local landscape was criss-crossed by irrigation channels. Visiting at night could be precarious if the channels were full of water, the driver had to carefully navigate the narrow lane so as not to slide off into the water-filled ditch.
In Galatians, Paul warns of two destructive ditches for the believer as he or she negotiates the narrow path.
The first is the ditch of legalism in Galatians 5:1 – 12. He says, don’t let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
He uses three pictures of legalism: it is like cutting in on the athlete as he strives for the finish line (v7 – 8); it is like yeast spreading through the church (v 9); it is a serious matter and the legalist will pay a penalty for it before God (v10).