I must be a bit of a Grinch for posting this on Christmas day…
so maybe you should read it tomorrow.
It just happens that everyone is napping off Christmas lunch and I have had spare moment to finish this off.
I’ve found myself much more interested in politics than years past, partly as a result of it being an Election year,… and on the way to casting my vote I learnt a few things.
1) For 3/4 of my christian friends, being christian meant I couldn’t vote Green, to suggest so would be met with a shocked gasp.
2) For 1/4 of my christian friends, if I didn’t vote Green I clearly didn’t love God.
3) I’m not Family Friendly. It’s true. It came as shock to myself, but if you have a family it’s best you keep them away from me.
4) It now appears as if the best Christian advocate within parliament is an atheist.
This video has been bouncing all over the place this last week, it’s worth the investment of time. Dr. Norman (co-leader of the Greens), not only seems to understand more about aspects of Christianity than most christians do, but spoke more on them than I recall any “christian” politician ever doing.
And surprisingly “family friendly” for a non-family friendly MP/Party.
Which brings me back to the shocking discovery that I’m not family friendly.
Along with all the other political stuff posted by my dear friends on Facebook one chart interested me in particular. It was a chart comparing all the party’s views on certain issues & awarding them smiley faces :)if they were family friendly towards the issue…
I didn’t get many smiley faces 😦
Lets take Gay marriage for example, to oppose it would earn a smiley face, to be for it or ambivalent towards it would earn a sad face or frown. Now maybe I’m just naive or ignorant, but how is gay marriage detrimental to the family?
Clearly I am naive, as for others, both here & around the world gay marriage is a huge issue. Big enough to yell abuse & wave angry signs, big enough to march on parliament. Yet strangely if you drop the “marriage” & call it something else, even if it’s essentially the same, this is not worth protesting about.
Big enough, that judging by the christian reaction its far more important than say,
poverty, neglect or child abuse,
no one marches on parliament for these glaring issues within our society. In fact friends who struggle to raise funds for volunteer organisations which work with kids from backgrounds of abuse & neglect would probably be better served by promising to transform these kids into placard-waving-anti gay protesters.
Can’t we check our priorities over what the big issues are, over what really is a threat to the family? I struggle to see how a gay couple are worse for families than domestic violence.
Of course it’s easier to be anti gay than actually do something positive for a stranger, a struggler, someone marginalised or minimalized.
So while I may not be family friendly, I’m glad my family is friendly & I get to spend some time with them these holidays, some time thinking about my priorities, what I value, what I should be valuing…
Some time being thankful for a God who intervened in history, one who does care greatly with how we treat each other & the world around us. Thanks Dr.Norman, great