Christian Drums in the Public Square: A Call to Faithful Engagement in Australian Politics
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About "Christian Drums in the Public Square: A Call to Faithful Engagement in Australian Politics"
Ours is a time when freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are hotly debated topics in Australia and in other parts of the world. Ours is a time when Christians in particular, are strongly advised to keep their views private and not meddle with public issues. Ours is a time when 'political correctness' and 'anti-discrimination laws' are choice words to inspire fear in the mind of anyone who opposes the lifestyle trends designed by "progressive" humanists who desire to cut Western society free from its Judeo-Christian moorings. The 'drums' of this book call Christians to attention, not to a special ceremony or event, but to an important aspect of our daily living in a Western democracy such as 21st Century Australia: Our faithful engagement in the public discourse of our nation at a time when current political correctness tries to silence our Christian voice. Some "drums" may resonate more with us than others as we engage with the public square. The big drums of Faithful Action and Practical Engagement come after we take a reality-check on our fears and hesitations and as we survey the Cost of Silence and the Traps and snares we may have to face. The book Appendices include useful explanations about government and the voting system in Australia. Well-informed, responsible voting at elections is crucial if we want our democratic voice to be heard. What are the values we want to be upheld in our nation for the good of our families and our communities? In the end, God's drum is always the best one to listen to as He resonates His love, justice, righteousness, compassion, and faithfulness into our own hearts and equips us for faithful engagement with the culture of today