They say a day is a long time in politics - and a week seems like an eternity. This week we've learned of Kevin Rudd's change of position with regard to 'redefining marriage'.
Why did he change his mind to now SUPPORT SAME-SEX 'MARRIAGE'?
In an article in The Australian, he cites the comments from his children and his wife - and claims that Christianity has changed position on issues such as slavery and race.
Perhaps most significantly, he reveals that a Pentecostal Christian and former political staffer came to see him - the man revealed he was homosexual and wanted to 'marry' and then asked Rudd about his position!
That's called LOBBYING! We always say - if WE aren't speaking to our MPs, the OTHER SIDE IS!
Here is the article by Kevin Rudd: A matter for the state, not church
We have long been concerned about the sort of Christianity espoused by Kevin Rudd.
Some six months before he was elected as Prime Minister, we wrote an article in our Journal - noting that Kevin said "the starting point with Christianity is a theology of social justice” and that he wrote, "For example, there is no evidence of Jesus of Nazareth expressly preaching against homosexuality."
Read our article online ... Kevin Rudd - faith in politics (April 2007 Journal)
So we're really not surpised at this ... in the past Kevin talked of the 'tradition' of marriage... but, of course, traditions can be 'changed'!
Several conservative Christian commentators have responded:
Bill Muehlenberg has a very INSIGHTFUL article: Kevin Rudd’s Mental and Moral Meltdown
Also read Michael Cook - Ditch the switch: why Rudd is wrong on gay marriage
Naturally Australian Marriage Equality congratulated Mr Rudd - they claimed things were changing and Mr Rudd's statement would influence other Christian MPs. In addition, LNP Member Wyatt Roy is now said to support changing the Marriage Act. (Media report)
One question to finish... Have you written to your MPs yet???
Peter posted the article about Rudd on Facebook... click here.
Peter's a bit blunter than me... He began "Kevin Rudd has completely lost the plot - not that I really think he ever had it in the first place, but his Biblical exegesis for supporting the redefinition of marriage is appalling...."