Confuse Them, Lord, and Frustrate Their Plans

I feel I’ve had my head in the sand a bit of late.  I was talking to someone yesterday and he said, you must be shocked by what the PM said on ABC’s Q and A last night.

What? I said.

It was on the front page of most national papers, all across the net, radio, social media etc, he pointed out.

(Blank look)

He went on to explain Kevin Rudd’s telling response to the question of how he can support gay marriage when Jesus explicitly described marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.  For those who, like me, missed this important comment, his response was:  “Well if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition.”

WHAT? I said.

I plucked my head from the ground, shook off the sand and switched on my brain.  Not sure about you, but sometimes I muddle through life.  Motherhood is wonderful, but there are days when Playschool, cubby houses and Lego construction wreak havoc on my thinking adult’s mind.

I’m not about to change this, I might add.  I offer this as an observation (and perhaps an excuse).

Our apparently Christian PM’s response to the question posed by a Brisbane pastor in the audience sent alarm bells ringing.  Mr Rudd’s relationship with his Maker is none of my business – that’s between him and God.  But his resulting approach to leading the country I inhabit is certainly my business.

I won’t rattle on about Mr Rudd’s faux pas – much has already been said, the foible of his comment highlighted with wit and discernment.  I particularly enjoyed this article by Canon Sandy Grant, senior minister at St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral in Wollongong.

Perhaps we should thank God for the light that has been thrown on Mr Rudd’s theology – it certainly makes everything very clear (and with just three sleeps until election day).

I think that praying people need to get on their knees.

We need to pray over the leadership of our precious Australia.  I read Psalm 55 today.  We can pray verse nine, “confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans, for I see violence and conflict in the city.”  Join me in praying this over the abortion bill in Tasmania which is before the Legislative Council committee as I write this.  I’m praying that the blinkers preventing people understanding the inherent value of life will be lifted and plans to push this legislation through will be confounded.  Same for euthanasia, which will rear its deathly head again soon, and same-sex marriage.  Verses 20-22 certainly leapt off the page as I continued reading:

“As for my companion, he betrayed his friends;
he broke his promises.
His words are as smooth as butter,
but in his heart is war.
His words are as soothing as lotion,
but underneath are daggers!
Give your burdens to the Lord,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Praise God for His promises.


  1. Thank you for writing this – this is exactly what I’ve been wanting to write about as well, but have been struggling to put into words. What you’ve written is full of truth and really moves my heart for this nation!

    I’ve been reading Isaiah 25-33 and have been increasingly convicted by the need for a national (i.e both citizens and government) posture of trusting and following God, rather than trusting and following our own humanistic ideas and desires about governance and morality.

    Let us pray that this nation would turn to Jesus and be led by leaders who “reign in righteousness” and “rule with justice”.

    The Bible puts forth such a vision for Israel… so why not pray for its fruition in Australia? So I will be praying with you.


  2. Roger Martin says

    Thanks Claire.
    I was beginning to think that not many Christians are as horrified and I am.
    You are completely correct!

    My favourite verse for such situations is Psalm 109 v 8
    “Let his days be few and let another take his office”

    I’m on standby for when the howls start!

  3. Fiona Vosper says

    What wrong with being gay, Claire? What is wrong with gay people getting married under the law? the Bible didn’t invent marriage, it has been a part of many cultures for many thousands of years. Why do you think have the monopoly on what marriage is suppose to be?

    Why is your opinion on someone else’s life, someone else’s love, valid? Why can’t you live and let live?

    • asdfad says

      Don’t read this column if you don’t appreciate it. Simple as that Fiona. Claire has the right to freedom of speech as much as you do. Why can’t YOU live and let live?

      • Fiona Vosper says

        Yep, and I have the right to read and comment on what she says on a public website (and, often, in my local paper) and call out what I see as bigotry and discrimination of my fellow man.

    • Roger Martin says

      Haven’t you heard of Sodom & Gomorrah, Fiona?
      That’s what God thinks of homosexuality!

      • adsfad says

        Rightly said Roger. Fiona, if you don’t agree with Claire’s beliefs and object to them, don’t read the column then.

      • Fiona Vosper says

        I have heard of it. God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality, Maybe you should read the story again.

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