Helping Christians to make a difference
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Helping Christian families to make a difference
This week we've seen riots in London and seen them spreading throughout Britain.
Many people are wondering what is causing the unrest and the violence on the streets.
All around we see a lack of meaning, broken families, fatherlessness, unemployment and a sense of worthlessness along with a lack of discipline.
Here are a couple of reports analysing the problem:
Theodore Dalrymple has long monitored the problems of broken families and the society in Britain and elsewhere....
His current article is insightful...
British rioters the spawn of a bankrupt ruling elite - The Australian, 11/8/2011.
Another of his essays in City Journal:
British Degeneracy on Parade - The riots should surprise no one who’s been paying attention. 11/8/2011
Christian groups in the UK are talking about the collapse of the family:
'Broken Britain': Christians call on PM to address family breakdown - Christian Today, 11/8/2011.
Could it happen in Australia?
Already in some places we see violence on the streets that seems unexplainable. Vandalism that is unexplainable, graffiti, violent attacks... a full scale riot is perhaps not far away when you really look at what is happening.
If we remove Christianity from society, then people have no moral compass to decide what is right and wrong.
I recall hearing that Charles Colson, of Prison Fellowship, once told a UK Prime Minister, who asked him how to resolve these social problems....
"Get the children back into Sunday School" ... perhaps good advice - a revival and return to Christian values and beliefs is really needed!
Both here and in Britian - in fact, around the world!
Yes, it's time to fill in the census form - on paper or online.
The Australian census is held every five years - and tomorrow night, 9 August, is the night! You can even complete the census online this time!
Full details at the census website - click here.
One of the questions that Christians - and others - often ask about is the question about RELIGION.
The Census website (at the ABS) has provided information on how to fill in this question (Question 19 on the Household form and Question 21 on the Personal form) - click here. (Format of question - see form here)
How should we answer the question?
The most important thing is to ANSWER it!
The question is OPTIONAL.
The data is used to identify the number of Christians - and those of all religions.
The data can be used by governments in planning policies and services and the ABS says that churches, religious organisations and others "use the information to assess the need for religiously based schools, hospitals, community services and homes for the elderly."
How to fill it in...
The question lists Christian denominations rather than just 'Christianity'.
If you identify with a listed denomination (they say 'religion') then tick that box.
If your denomination isn't listed ...
the ABS says "If a person's religion is not listed, write the name of the religion in the 'Other - please specify' box.
You could just write 'Christian' in that section, or you can specify a denomination (for example, a particular Orthodox denomination), or 'Pentecostal' for example.
Other groups are getting active!
Other religions are gearing up to get their followers to fill in the religion box.
* The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the number of Muslims is much higher than the number recorded on the census and they are encouraging Muslims to fill in the religion box as they numbers are used in 'providing services'.
Read AFIC's note on this - click here.
* Even the atheist groups are giving their followers directions on how to answer this question - they want people to mark 'No Religion' if they don't follow a religion. Read media report.
* Meanwhile, homosexual groups are saying that the ABS is planning to count same-sex 'marriages' that have been performed overseas - and homosexual groups are telling their followers how to fill it in the census form to get this data 'counted'! The ABS changed their position on this after the last census - following lobbying and a 'sit-in protest' outside their office!
Sent on E-News August 8, 2011.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a supporter - and provider, at least through its member associations - of abortions around the world. They have member associations in many countries - the largest such group is in the USA.
A pro-life group in the USA, Americans United for Life, has published a special report calling for an investigation into the operation of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the largest abortion provider in the USA.
The Australian government gave the IPPF $9 million last year as part of its 'overseas aid' program. With the lifting of the ban on spending Australian aid money on abortions (by the Rudd Labor government in March 2009 (source), some of this money could be funding abortions overseas.
See Life Network's report - and Cherish Life's report.
It's time to tell our federal MPs and Senators that we don't want our aid money - which should be providing food, shelter and medicines to the needy - spent on abortions and abortion-related services.
Click here for Contact Details for MPs and Senators.
With the federal parliament about to hear from MPs on what their 'constituents' think about same-sex 'marriage', the debate is hotting up!
The federal House of Representatives will hear from MPs on 24 August (changed from 17 August) - so now is the time to contact your MPs to tell them you don't support same-sex 'marriage'. Those in favour are actively encouraging their supporters to contact MPs and to respond to MP 'surveys'.
The homosexual groups are celebrating the fact that they say the ABS will count 'same sex marriages' performed overseas in the census on 9 August.
Why did the ABS back down and decide to count them?
Because of lobbying by homosexual activists - including a 'sit-in' outside the ABS office!
Read more - click here.
Of course we know marriage is between a man and a woman, and this article by Miranda Devine reveals that the thing Australians MOST want is a 'good marriage'!
83% put this as their highest priority in a recent survey. Family and children beat everything else!
Read the article: Family focus is eluding the Prime Minister
Join us at the National Marriage Day rally on Tuesday 16 August in Canberra to support marriage between a man and a woman. Click here for details.
The High Court challenge regarding Chaplaincy in schools will be held next week - starting 9 August.
Please pray for the outcome of this case, which is being taken against the provision of federal funding of chaplaincy in schools by Queensland parent Ron Williams.
Scripture Union Queensland is one of the groups defending the case since they provide Chaplains in Queensland schools... the CEO is Tim Mander.
Please pray for wisdom, discernment and encouragement for SU Qld - and also for others defending the provision of Chaplaincy in schools (including the federal government and some of the states!)
Here is the latest message from SU Qld and Tim Mander...
The message is online - click here.
Please sign the 'Statement of Support' mentioned in their post.
Click here to sign (see message on right of screen).
They are hoping to get 50,000 signatures by 8 August.
watch Tim Mander's message online.
They are also seeking donations to help fund their defence of the High Court Challenge - details.
You can also forward it on to friends to encourage them to support this as well...