Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Colbert, Christ, Unemployed and Asylum Seekers #asylumseekers #refugees #Jesus

In the USA, Stephen Colbert is concerned about whether Jesus is a Liberal Democrat.  In the wake of the Christmas Island drownings, now believed to be a possible 50, of asylum seekers, where does/would Jesus fit on Australia's political spectrum.  When it comes to giving expression to the following, where do we find God's way in the Parliament of Australia:

You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23.9)

When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. (Leviticus 19:33)

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:18)

...Mmmm. Now where are we, as a nation, on those parameters? Where are our politicians on these yardsticks? 

So while Stephen Colbert is talking about the unemployed in his rant, perhaps we Aussies can just do a mental substitute and think about the drowned babies and children, the grieving families of Christmas Island and our recent history with and attitudes towards immigrants and would be immigrants in our country. How do we rate, do you think?

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