Thursday, October 11, 2007

Five years on

It's been five years today since the odius bombings in Bali that killed two hundred and two people (including eighty-eight Australians) and injured another two hundred and nine. A tragic and evil event, remembered with tears and silence.

Yet five years on, there remains in Australia a group who refuse to assimilate, who hope for the day when the present Australian government is no more, who identify more with each other than as Australian. They think Western society is deeply compromised, believe in a divinely-authorised alternative, and are ready to die for their beliefs.

Their inspiration is a man who, having developed their tactics and ideology, was apprehended by the authorities and executed as a criminal for his seditious views when he put them into practice. Yet they still remember and follow his teachings: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." (Luke 6.27-28)

And as for terrorists? Fear God rather than someone who might want to kill you. And on this day, and all days, follow the practice of the master: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you."
Bali Memorial Sculpture, Dolphins Point above Coogee Beach, Sydney.

8 comments:

Alex said...

Brilliant! You've captured the post-9/11 response perfectly. All Christians would benefit by reading this post.

Looney said...

Who refuse to assimilate? Really? I am going to need to visit Australia to meet some of these Christians. They don't sound like the ones here!

byron smith said...

Yes, perhaps a somewhat idealistic picture... But still, in many significant ways, we don't. Or not entirely. Sometimes. Sigh.

remylow said...

this is much needed in our current climate of 'One Australia'+ resurgent nationalism. thanks for the helpful reminder to all of us.

however, don't expect this sort of talk to make the cut for the new history syllabus (with its emphasis on "our glorious judeo-christian heritage").

John said...

Wow. That is really well written, Byron. I didn't see the last two paragraphs coming.

JoBloggs said...

Oh, amen to this, Byron!

byron smith said...

Common Dreams: As many people drown in the bath each year as are killed by Islamist terrorists.

byron smith said...

(Outside of war zones).