Articles tagged in politics

  1. On 2010 Federal Election

    2 days after the election and we still cannot sure who will be Australia's next Prime Minister. Most exciting election in Australia over the last 50 years? More like most disastrous to me. Although I did vote for that Mid-Night Oil guy (who else is worthy in Kingsford-Smith?) I gotta say that I am really disappointed with the blame game. Not saying the coalition is any better. Anyway. No wonder we have record high informal votes.

    Here is a clipping from my Facebook status. Have to find a better way to backup the comments there.

    Facebook Status Update

    Taiwanese news channel Next Media Animation did have a pretty good take on the election though :)

  2. Embryo cloning bill passed

    SMH: Embryo cloning gets the go-ahead, after the conscience vote from the house of representatives last night. A truly sad day for Australia, where its protestant root has been long forgotten. John Howard's speech transcript is actually a nice read, where he argued from Christian's point view against relativism. Also noted that both John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd, who also has a Christian view, voted against the bill. So were other known Christians/Catholics like Peter Costello and Tony Abbott (may I also add Peter Garrett?). Instead of splitting between Liberal and Labor, you can draw a line between those who voted "Yes" and "No" -- and you get pretty much good idea on who hold conservative value and who don't. An interesting point though -- MPs are supposed to be representatives, but were they elected by their point of view on this embryo cloning matter?

  3. Christians' Humility and Law Imposition

    As Amanda has blogged about John Dickson's talk at the City Bible Forum this week, on the servant hood of Christ, I think I should also share what I have learnt.

    The talk was around the incomprehensible act of Jesus in Philippians 2:5-11. While he was in the very nature of God in verse 6, and has been exalted to the highest place in verse 9, what has happened between these two verses -- taking the nature of a servant (δοῦλος a slave) and being obedient to death on the cross -- established the humility of Christianity. Christians practised humility, because our Lord, God and Saviour chose this way to bring forth the salvation.

    Humility is indeed not something people do naturally. Nor is it about Chinese's fake sense of humbleness (which many of us would be very familiar). It is about serving. It is about putting yourself under the others. It is about making yourself slave for other people's needs, willingly.

    Nor is humility about helping the poor, giving to the charity, taking care the needies, etc. The attitude is still important, as JD has emphasised during his talk. Help someone on the street does not necessarily make yourself subject to him. But Jesus, the creator of the universe, humbled himself before the lowly men, so he could serve them.

    Near the end of the talk, JD moved to talk about how this Christian phenomenon was so different from the pagans -- because they put other people's interest first -- and that contributed to the growth of Christianity in the first few centuries. It eventually led to the conversion of Constantine the Great, and then whole thing exploded as the Roman Empire expanded. However, as Christians inherited more power, Bishops set to high places, churches gained wealth, etc, the uniqueness of Christians' humility faded. Instead of convincing people the truth with their act of service, Christian laws have been imposed on the land. There's medieval. There's crusade. There's corruption of catholic church. When the minority becomes majority, it is just not the same anymore.

    During question time, JD was asked whether Christians can participate in politics. He reckoned there's nothing wrong with Christians in politics -- but if humility of Christ is the model to follow, imposing Christian law onto people of other religions (or atheists) would be wrong.

    On the way back to the office, I had a discussion with a colleague. JD's conclusion is arguable. What about in the case of stem cell research? Christian politicians imposing their view and trying to set the law? Should Christians go out and fight the big fight to make sure those "anti-life" activities will never happen? Now it is getting a bit fuzzy.

    Somehow I find it is necessary to keep the integrity of Christian belief, and being "pro-life" is one way to exercise it. At the same time, would these debates win anyone to Christ? Hardly.