Article by Peter P Stokes -Co Founder & Executive Officer
Salt Shakers Inc
(Mr Rudd SBS news Friday 28 September)
Question – â€œMr Rudd, do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?”
Answer – ” Well, I’m a – I’m a, a person who attends church regularly.”
Mr Rudd has been pursuing the Christians vote with some encouragement from some sections of the church since he saw itâ€™s importance at the last election. He even convened a special meeting of Labor MPs to work out how to do it. He chaired an ALP Caucus Committee on Faith, Politics and Values set up because â€œof the emergence of Family Firstâ€.
Christians need to think very carefully about any politician who sets out, as Mr Rudd has clearly done, to win â€œthe Christian voteâ€.
In our April Journal article (attached) we pointed out many concerns about Mr Ruddâ€™s version of Christianity â€“ such as calling himself a â€œChristian Socialistâ€ and stating in a Radio National interview that â€œthe starting point with Christianity is a theology of social justiceâ€.
Of course there is a very broad â€˜churchâ€™ in Australia â€“ so broad, no doubt, that it has every one of the seven churches mentioned in those â€˜letters to the churchesâ€™ we find in Revelation 2 & 3.
Sadly, some of them would agree with Mr Ruddâ€™s statement that Jesus of Nazareth never said anything about homosexuality, but how many would be happy with his latest answer to the question asked at a footy ground last Friday, â€œMr Rudd, do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?”
His reply, ” Well, I’m a – I’m a, a person who attends church regularly.” With that he walked away.
Will he go away and think â€œoops, that was not a good enough answerâ€? Just as he did when asked about who would be his Treasurer recently. 24 hours later turning up with the â€˜rightâ€™ answer, obviously after being â€˜coachedâ€™ by someone wiser and hopefully quicker on their feet.
But unlike politics, in Christianity the answer should come from the heart. So is this his â€œgarden variety Christian faithâ€ he spoke of at the ‘Make it Count’ web cast. Sounds to me rather like the “luke warm” â€˜variety’ spoken of in relation to the Church in Laodicea. The sort that Jesus said he would “vomit out of his mouth”. Not the sort of faith that can withstand the pressure of a largely humanist, socialist Labor party made up largely of left wing unionists!!!
Christians must know where those MPs claiming to be Christians stand on such fundamental issues of faith before we trust them to run our nation.
It would have been good to hear Mr Rudd say a simple â€œYESâ€ or even better, he could have swung into his “Sunday Church” mode and sung the chorus of that wonderful old hymn by Daniel W Whittle â€œBut I know Whom I have believÃ¨d, And am persuaded that He is able To keep that which Iâ€™ve committed, Unto Him against that day.”
Perhaps we need to remind him of Romans 10:9 â€œThat if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be savedâ€ (NIV)
Watch the video on SBS – the question and answer are towards the end of the video segment
Peter P Stokes
Co Founder & Executive Officer
Salt Shakers Inc
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