Reuniting Conscience and Politics.
Many of us probably do not know this man. He is Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia. Why is he relevant to us here in the U.S. or in Shreveport for that matter? Well, he actually references the Confederacy and the Civil War in the exchange below, but beside that he promotes a modern, political application of Christian values. And more importantly, he does so in the face of pressure from extremists to conform to their fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible.
As the following quotation suggests, Kevin Rudd reclaims the progressive values of Judeo-Christian spirituality by embodying the spirit of the law, rather than the letter. And in doing so reunites our conscience with our politics:
The questioner asked, “I just believe in what the Bible says and I’m just curious for you, Kevin, if you call yourself a Christian, why don’t you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?” He was speaking of Matthew chapter 19 verses 4 and 5 where Jesus said,“Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?”
The questioner was cherry-picking Jesus as a way hijacking Christian values to support his fundamentalist belief that same sex marriage is illegitimate marriage in the eyes of God. He failed to mention that Jesus was actually responding to a question of his own. He was asked in the previous verse, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” To which he responds in Matthew 19:9, ”I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” This is certainly not a standard that many evangelical ministers are chomping at the bit to install.
Mr. Rudd, masterfully replied, “Well, mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition.”