Cronulla Riots: Consider This
We are citizens of Sydney and committed to the peace and freedom that we enjoy in our city. As leaders in a number of religious communities within the city, some have looked to us for spiritual guidance in the wake of the racial and cultural tensions that have erupted on our beaches.
We believe that the overwhelming majority of Australians deplore violence, especially racial and religious violence. Most of us want to give each other a ‘fair go’, and most of our ethnic minorities are composed of fair-minded Australians.
We believe that Christmas is a time in our national calendar for giving and for peace with God and one another. We want our neighbours to know and experience this spirit of giving and peace.
We believe that Jesus was a Middle-Eastern man who was called the “Prince of Peace”. He wants all people to know the peace that He gives. Jesus Christ promises us a new identity that transcends our racial and religious backgrounds and enables us to share with others from every race His love and compassion.
As a man of Middle-Eastern appearance, Jesus could have easily suffered violence in these last few days in Sydney, even as His family fled violence at the time of His birth. As Christians we believe that the violence done to Him, especially on a Roman cross, was God’s plan to redeem all of us from the hate and the violence that can erupt in every human heart.
The only hope for true peace was born in the Middle East. Christmas reminds us that it was a Middle Eastern man, Jesus the Messiah, who holds the key to resolving the strife that bedevils our world.
May we all experience a very blessed and peace-filled Christmas.
Jews for Jesus
Dr Peter Barnes,
Lecturer in Church History
Presbyterian Theological Centre
Beachside Vineyard Christian Fellowship
The Rt Rev Bruce Christian
Former Moderator General
Presbyterian Church of Australia
The Rev Peter Hastie
Ashfield Presbyterian Church
Editor, Australian Presbyterian
The Rev Richard Humphrey
St Andrew's Anglican Church, Cronulla
Rev Neil Dawson
Thornleigh Community Baptist Church
Rev Andy Arthurs
Forest Alliance Church
The Rev Nello Barbieri
Minister of Riverwood Presbyterian Church
Australian born Italian
The Rev Ian Millican
St Mark's Anglican Church, Berowra
The Rev David Milne
Liverpool South Anglican Church
Rev Martin Lau
Senior Pastor, Sydney Chinese Alliance Church
Chair, Alliance College of Australia
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