All posts tagged: election

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 …

Letter to the Prime Minister

26 August, 2013   Dear Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott,   In less than two weeks time one of you will be elected Prime Minister. You are educated men, determined men, thinking men. You have worked hard to reach your privileged positions and now, more than ever, your days are as long as your pressures are heavy. To the considerations of a politician in election mode, I add this letter. I will be brief. No jibes here on funding promises, policy unveilings and slur campaigns – just a memento of the strangled heartbeat at the core of community. There are two things foundational to any society: marriage and family. When these two things are crumpled and broken, split and repaired, Band-Aid slapped on top of bloodied Band-Aid, redefined, renamed and ripped open; brokenness becomes us. This is our reality. We exist in a culture that accepts brokenness as the norm. We are the broken culture. And brokenness begets brokenness. You both (appear to be) happily married. You both have (what appear to be) happy families. …