Walking the Walk

Today’s Guest Author is Kambah Mick. Thank you for letting me publish your excellent comment as a thread-starter, sir.

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As always, I have read many of the posts BK so diligently and generously provided us each day, Telstra allowing. I’ll take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts.

I was going to critique one of the articles mentioned, the one about religion, but the day has gotten away from me because of surprise commitments and other excuses for laziness and so I will spare you my thoughts. Except to say I think far too much religion is spoken about by politicians and far too little is demonstrated, especially by alleged Christians. Far too many Christians claim to be so without walking the walk. It is like claiming to be a footballer without actually playing or a ballet dancer who doesn’t actually dance.

Too many Christians around the world have been somehow diverted from the core tenets of their faith (the social inclusionary love thy neighbour, care for the sick and poor, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, judge not lest thou be judged, etc etc that are most often reflected in social democratic political parties) towards beliefs that Jesus on his worst days would not have had a bar of. How in God’s name did avarice, lust and revenge become the basis of Christian dogma? Why is the death penalty (and grotesquely punitive sentencing) so desirable when the right to family planning is a cause to be fought to the death? Why is the practice of homosexuality so heinous when divorce and abandonment of family responsibilities is not? When did violence of any kind become a right, especially a right for men to inflict on their female partners? When did avaricious business and personal activity become admirable rather than a disgraceful act?

But far from all Christians have lost complete sight of the importance of those basic tenets I mentioned above. Despite having to live down the extraordinarily poor image gained from the activities of persons like Mr Abbott, Cardinal Pell and Miranda Devine there are of course several great organisations such as Anglicare, Uniting Care, the Brotherhood of St Lawrence and several others who in their quiet way work diligently to maintain the basic sinews of a civil social society based on the real tenets of Christianity. They often go about their work with a silent (or not so silent!!) curse on their lips at the distraction and sometimes real barriers erected by the noisy faux Christians.

Most of you know I volunteer for a charity. It is no big deal, it is no better nor worse than most of the others of its ilk in the field. My local branch has about 30 members plus about another 50 supporters. They would cover the complete political spectrum in their views, but would tend towards the centre left for the most part. We seldom talk party politics, but the few that do are generally ALP supporters and I know that some are ALP members. One is an ALP candidate in the upcoming Territorial elections. Several others might be inclined to support the ALP but sense a strong anti-religion and particularly anti-Catholic sentiment in left circles, which they find to be a considerable barrier to involvement and for some a barrier to voting for left parties. They default to the Conservatives as a consequence.

I found the article interesting, but predominantly wrong. But that is just me.

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526 thoughts on “Walking the Walk

    • Thank you. I have bought a coffee table and dressing table made at tafe. I am doing the hand dandi g and finishong so i can sell them.

  1. Flooding in Paris:

    The huge reserves of the works of the Louvre were reported flooded by the Prefecture of Police, in 2002. From there to imagine that all staff could one day be mobilized to bring art collections sheltered there was a step. It has just been taken: on Friday, the Louvre will close its doors to the public, because of exceptional flood of the Seine. By Thursday evening, volunteers staff the museum began evacuating 150,000 statues, paintings and precious objects stored in the flooded part of the reserves, or in the great hall of the Louvre exhibition (Hall Napoléon).

    https://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.lefigaro.fr/&prev=search

  2. Chinese banquet at one of those excellent ‘only the locals know’ restaurants in the burbs.
    Does that make me an ancient Chinese Dragon?

    • Yep, when a Chinese dies a candle is kept alight in front of a portrait of the deceased. The candle is white if the deceased is under 60 and its a red candle otherwise. Any way you just graduated to the red candle because you have lived a long life – and may it get longer [or is it the other way round]

  3. The restaurant is the haunt of the local ALP member. I like to support Labor friendly businesses. Plus the food is deeeelish.

  4. Meoldema reacted to my complaint about turning 60 by reminding me she just turned 80. And i am just a whipper snapper. She sais she was the old one. I told her she was not old until she was 90. So there!

  5. Cliff
    @ 4.37 yesterday
    Mention of Neville Chamberlain
    I think I remember this right, hope so. Neville Chamberlain, among other accomplishments, was on the board of BSA during the 1930s. The firm was apparently one of the few British concerns actually prepared for hostilities, though as an armaments manufacturer you’d expect them to be. Make of that what you will.

  6. Robert Fisk on the long missing Chilcot Report and Blair (a good read):

    After the Chilcot report, we’ll hear the New Testament – the gospel according to Saint Tony

    So, Sir John Chilcot’s report is going to be “four times as long as War and Peace”, is it? My weariness comes not with the cliché, credited to the usual tiresome “officials”, never mind the insult to poor old Tolstoy.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/after-the-chilcot-report-well-hear-the-new-testament-the-gospel-according-to-saint-tony-a7061111.html

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