The Church’s Voice In A Divided Australia

Australia is going through an interesting phase in its history, and so is the church.  The Left vs Right divide in politics seems as strong as ever evidenced in the debate over carbon tax and refugee asylum policy.  During this particular phase in politics the Greens (thanks to their partnership in a minority government) have been able to advance agendas that have elevated the debate on gay marriage in particular. The secular attack on the church is strong and fought on many fronts. As a movement of churches we find it hard to have collective voice on issues because of the autonomous nature of our structure. However, many of these issues need to be addressed if we are in the business of applying our beliefs and convictions to the issues of the day. Part of the challenge lies in learning how to communicate in the new digital world and choosing which hill to die on. (more…)