This article was posted on Facebook to-day
by my old friend John O'Dempsey.
John, unlike me, has remained a Labor loyalist
in spite of Rudd's latest immigration policy.
An illuminating article on Scott Morrison -
Australia's Shadow Minister for Immigration -
was written by Nick Bryant in The Monthly
Scott Morrison's electorate covers the scene of the Cronulla riots.
Scott Morrison claims to be a Christian
and attends Shirelive Church.
Scott Morrison stands in complete contrast
to the previous Member for Cook, Bruce Baird.
Bruce Baird, when in Parliament, was one of a
small number of Liberal Members of Parliament
who went against the tide of the Liberal Party
on immigration and asylum seeker matters.
The last of this small number leaves the Australian Parliament
at the conclusion of this parliamentary term.
The Australian Labor Party has always had practising Christians
in parliament despite what vilifying conservate Christians may say.
Rudd is rather different insofaras he has been prepared
to wear his Christian adherence on his sleeve.
In his first Prime Ministerial term,
Rudd could be seen regularly on television
holding Press Conferences outside church on Sunday mornings.
Rudd, now in his second go as PM, does not appear to have
re-instated this practice although it may yet occur.
He has spent a few week-ends away from Canberra.
Networkers, your Miss Eagle is a Christian too -
a practising one in two denominations, Anglican and Quaker.
I'm a rather simple soul and don't find much commonality
with either Scott Morrison or Kevin Rudd, in either faith or politics.
I don't consider myself doctrinaire
but rather a follower of the words of Jesus.
Jesus gave us two commandments -
we don't need ten if we follow the two thoroughly -
Love God with every part of our being
Love our neighbours (who are all inclusive) as ourselves.
These words are not hard to remember -
just not easy to do.
He also said this and you can reference it here:
Beware of false prophets,
who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes from thornbushes
or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit,
but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit
is cut down
and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.