Part 4: Indigenous issues 28 June 2009. Things we don’t talk about. There are some things we just don’t talk about. Among these are: Religion and politics (just don’t go there please!) Environmental concerns (that’s for greenies)
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LK 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Good news… For the poorFor the prisoner
For the sick
For the oppressed
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
Mt 22:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
MT 22:37 Jesus replied: " `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.'
LK10:36 "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
LK 10:37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise.“
LK 11:42 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God.
Good news… Reconciliation
In order to get a job you need…
Why isn’t it valued?
Would you make your kids to go to school if it was totally foreign?
An education . But in order to get an education…
Maybe because education isn’t valued?
And what would you want to learn English for anyhow?
You need to go to school. But in order to go to school you need someone to send you.
So why wouldn’t they send you?
Oh… to get a job! But then who would want to work?
While it would be nonsense to suggest that there are no ‘problems’ among Indigenous communities in any part of Australia, labelling or stereotyping people doesn’t help at all. Indeed, all it does is show a lack of understanding of the issues faced by the people we label. Worse still, it puts all those people in the same basket.
It also shows how little we understand our own culture.
Me and my three friends went travelling…