Tag: Politics

Christian nationalism: will the true christians please stand up!

Is a new religion of christian nationalism being formed in the US, and in Australia? Or is it an old heresy re-vitalised?

Was Jesus a socialist?

Some christians are accusing others of being socialists, as if that’s bad. But is it? Are Jesus’ teachings socialist?

Two kinds of christians? (An outsider's view)

A “heathen” notices that Right Wing Christians and Left Wing Christians have very different priorities.

5 ways to live in a toxic world

A few weeks back I posted about living in a toxic world, because of unattractive and nasty things I was seeing: Lack of compassion and loss of community Polarisation and tribalism Triviality The dumbing down of politics The rich control the media A number of political ploys seem to have led us to this point: […]

All is quiet on New Year's Eve …. not!

Some of the happiest memories of my life are family holidays down the south coast of NSW when I was a boy. We’d go to bed early and at about 1 a.m. mum and dad would wake us up, we’d pack the car and set off. Down Mt Ousley in the night fog while us […]

Opposing Jesus …. in the name of Jesus

Three warnings to start with. This isn’t a Christmas post. This isn’t a political post. Although Donald Trump’s picture appears, it’s not really about him at all, though he is relevant. I am not an American, so I write as an outsider. This post is a response to a Christianity Today editorial and the public […]

Christians and politics – a deep devastation or glorious triumph?

Just over a week ago was election day in Australia. After being behind in the polls for years, the Government was returned with a small majority. This was seen by most pundits as an important election, charting a course for Australia’s future. Christians seemed to be more active than in any previous election that I […]

Disturbing thoughts about christians and politics

Have you ever wondered how christians, who believe more or less the same things about Jesus and God, believe widely divergent things about politics and public morality? Specifically, if you are more conservative politically, do you wonder how more liberal christians can possibly think and vote as they do? And if you are more liberal […]

Three views on christianity and politics

The combination of religion and politics can be explosive. It is very easy to hold our political views with religious zeal, and I am not always an exception. And so we often think that God is on our side of politics. (Or else we think God stands in the middle between the two polarised views.) […]

Walking wounded

I must admit it jolted me a little. I was walking slowly through a local shopping centre when I was confronted with the sign shown above. 46 Australian soldiers have been killed on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, since 1999. But more than 5 times that number of returned soldiers have committed suicide […]