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Friday, March 25, 2005

to sing the Lord's song in a foreign land

Another Easter is upon us. For Christians it is a time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus. For us the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the crucial event of world history, both personally and in a cosmic sense.

And so of course, Easter means yet another annual occasion for the taxpayer funded public broadcaster to air a program which undermines orthodox Christian belief and throws doubt upon the person and work of Christ. As regular as clockwork, Easter - and increasingly Christimas - presents itself as another opportunity for the anti-Christians who seem to run the Religion department of the ABC to put the boot into biblical Christianity. No doubt John Dominic Crossan or John Shelby Spong will make their inevitable appearance on the program advising all sophisticated, modern viewers that the gospels are nothing more than pious myth and legend - or perhaps even ecclesiastical fraud.

For the rest of the year the Religion Department will keep beavering away at its program of promoting universal touchy-feeling tolerance and acceptance in the name of neo-paganism, environmentalism, world harmony and diversity. The ABC's flagship production is entitled Compass but anyone lost or at sea would be well advised not to rely on this instrument to find their way to a secure harbour. There will be the usual puff pieces on leftist religious/political activists, new age spiritual practioners, and liberal theological debunkers, interspersed with positive portraits of every human religious experience... except one - orthodox biblical Christianity, especially in its conservative Catholic and Evangelical forms.

The Christian worldview, once the undegirding and guiding force behind Western civilisation, is now the official sick man of the brave new world. To this end the Religion department will continue its propagandist exposes of "right wing fundamentalists", "creationists", Pentecostal "con-men", Catholic "conspiracies" pro-life "extremists", and the evils of the Bush and Howard governments - all with commentary form professional left-wing academics, liberal theologians and "psychologists of religion".

Meanwhile throughout the length and breadth of the land four-wheel drives are being loaded up for the annual bush or beach getaway of beer, fishing, swimming and camping afforded by the four day long weekend.

In shopping malls across the country chocolate bunnies and eggs are offerred to the God of Mammon as he once again trounces the suffering God of Calvary in the popularity stakes.

Yet while Rome burns and Nero fiddles, in small groups and congregations, members of the resistance will gather around a table laid with bread and wine and remember the one who said: "I am the way, the truth and the life"... and await the coming day.

8:16:00 pm