We have often heard that we live in a secular world, the core values of which are different to what the Bible teaches. We may not be aware how this can limit the Christian ways of living.
Here is an example. The Change or Suppression Practices Prohibition Bill, which was passed in Victoria last month, outlaws practices that seek to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In other words, even with their children’s approval, Victorian parents may be at risk of breaking the law if they pray for or counsel their children in the contexts described above. An objective of the bill is to “further promote and protect the rights set out in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities”. And this bill applies to medical, therapeutic and religious areas.
The protection of individuals’ right seems fair at first glance. However, it runs against the biblical principle of training children in the right way to live (Proverbs 22:6). And if we were a faith community in Victoria, it would be challenging for us to journey with a person facing this struggle, in accordance with the teachings of Scripture while complying with the new bill. The world has little respect for our values and mandate.
The current preaching series on the book of Micah allows us to see God’s perspective and His condemnation of the political and religious systems of that era. Let’s also reflect on the systems of the present age and see how far off they have departed from how our God desires for us to live.