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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God’s word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church.
You can contact Jason at jason@teaminfocus.com.au.

16 Comments

  1. avatar

    Jeremy

    Jason

    Great article. We need to speak up more about these issues as they are where our faith intersects with reality.

    A few comments:

    1. Multiculturalism is built on the notion that all ideas of equal value. All ideas are not equal, and I will be blogging about this later this week.

    2. Regarding a bill of rights. I am not in favour of such as bill as I believe it will be drafted by a society that no longer values what God values. I believe it will be used to restrict free speech (particularly Christian speech) rather than promote freedom of religious ideas.

    3. I personally believe we are seeing the ‘falling away’ that precedes the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am not making a prophecy about a specific event, but rather noting the season and continuing to look up. While we should engage and seek to restore Christian morals to our society, ultimately, our hope must lies in eternity and redemption through Jesus.

    Jeremy

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    PJ

    Having lived in a suburb right in the heart of the Muslim community in Sydney, I have great sympathy for those honest, hard-working, clean-living, family-minded Muslims who are going to (once again) be subject to awful bigotry because of the way these idiots carried on in the city. It’s a bit like when a ‘Christian’ conservative nutcase says something stupid and then gets painted by the media as representative of all Christians/conservatives.

    As you rightly pointed out, we Christians have had to deal with people mock our beliefs and our God (Jesus) mercilessly for years, but we accept that as part of a free society and we don’t go around calling for people’s heads to be cut off for doing that. Vengeance belongs to God and He will deal with those who ridicule what we hold dear – read II Thessalonians chapter!

    That noisy minority within Islam needs to understand the price of being allowed to believe, proclaim and practice what they do, it is the right of others to voice their opinions about those beliefs and practices. Serious action needs to be taken against the perpetrators of “hate speech” and violence.

    I’ve seen the offensive video – and it’s pretty pathetic, but highly offensive to Muslims. As a Christian, I deplore those who made it – what a truly wicked thing to do. Just as I deplore the actions of those who made the long list of anti-Jesus films you listed.

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    Jason Harris

    @Jeremy, Thanks for your comments. Will look forward to your comments on multiculturalism.

    @PJ, That’s a really important point. It’s so easy to broad brush in ways that breed prejudice and contempt. May God draw us and them to himself through these events.

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    Greg

    @PJ I agree, it is sad how the media always portrays the minority as the minority. And the video is disgusting. It is rubbish designed to offend. I believe it has the right to be made and presented for those interested, but people’s response to it should be the same as what WOULD have been the proper response to south park. Ignore the idiots. Not ignoring, but instead protesting, gives power to the pornographer who made the film (yes, he was an ACTUAL pornographer before making it) and gives power to the extremists in both Islamic and Christian culture.

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    Jeremy

    I would like to think that violent muslims are in the minority. I really would.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is from muslim Somalia and has this to say:

    “The Muslim men and women (and yes, there are plenty of women) who support—whether actively or passively—the idea that blasphemers deserve to suffer punishment are not a fringe group.

    “On the contrary, they represent the mainstream of contemporary Islam.

    “Of course, there are many Muslims and ex-Muslims, in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere, who unambiguously condemn not only the murders and riots, as well as the idea that dissenters from this mainstream should be punished.

    “But they are marginalized and all too often indirectly held responsible for the very provocation. In the age of globalization and mass immigration, such intolerance has crossed borders and become the defining characteristic of Islam.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/09/16/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-the-islamists-final-stand.html

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    Joel

    Society reaps what they sow,

    You Sow Hatred, your gonna get hatred back in full force, You sow love, you will reap love, I Don’t condone what they did on saturday, but nor do i condone the way australian citizens have reacted with such hatred and ferocity.

    Luke 6:27
    “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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    1. avatar

      Jeremy Crooks

      Hi Joel

      Jesus loved his enemies and they crucified him. Yes we should love our enemies, but their reaction is not necessarily an assessment of our lack of love.

  7. avatar

    Joe Bloom

    ISLAM means PEACE…instead of wearers blazoned 6th Pillars they should have PEACE written on their chest…this is a message we all understand.
    Instead of children holding placards with BEHEADING mantra’s they should have held placards OUR FATHERS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN TOO.
    these would have been positive messages and validated the freedom of protesting in a FREE SPEECH society.
    Religion is a dangerous protangonist, it is not a HERO.
    God will hang his head in shame for this.
    Muslims damage their right to express their opinion.
    ISLAM the word meaning PEACE looses it’s validity.MUSLIMS WILL DOMINATE THE WORLD> is the same cry HILTER USED though he substituted MUSLIMS FOR GERMANY…look where that led.
    The point being there have been movements like this before in our history and the Western World COPED.
    Shame of it all is that MULTICULTURISM only works when there are simularities between cultures, but where religious ideology is the master there is no room for MULTICULTRALISM.
    AUSTRALIANS have been sucker-punched by FLEEING religious bigots wanting to find a quick and cheap entry into a tolerant welfare nation that gives money for those that cannot support themselves.
    ISLAM demonstrates it cannot tolerate PEACE until it CONTROLS the nation it lives in.
    And PEACE in Muslim Law comes at a hefty price…including BEHEADIINGS, IMPRISONMENT & TORTURE, MURDER IN HONOUR KILLINGS, WOMEN SHUNNED,CHILDREN INDOCTRINATED, PUBLIC HUMILIATION & WHIPPINGS…this is the world of PEACE. This is ISLAM.

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  8. avatar

    Elizabeth

    Hi Joel,

    It’s good to have reminded us about the call to love our enemies. Thank you.

    I am wondering how this looks like practically for us, at a time when speaking the truth in love could bring physical persecution.

    Say there are protests this weekend in Melbourne…

    As Christians, if we were to go out and witness to these people in love, what you do imagine will occur?

    I often see Muslims evangelising in Bourke St with posters claiming that Jesus is a Prophet and Teacher. I’ve also seen guys from IB churches with banners calling sinners to repentance.

    We’re getting to a stage where proclaiming the truth in love is costing us greatly. Many Christians I know think it crazy to stand on street corners proclaiming the Gospel.

    But I feel personally that we’re almost at a point where we need to be outspoken, and suffer rightly for it.

    But something within tells me that not many believers will count the cost in doing so.

    Tell me, how do I best love my Muslim neighbour at a time such as this?

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    Elizabeth

    Oh and Jason,

    “This raises the question of a bill of rights for Australia. Do we need one?”

    The moment we get one of these…

    We will be jailed for speaking out against heresy, homosexuality, abortion, etc.

    All in the name of “human rights”.

    If I may, we have no rights.

    God has rights.

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      Jeremy Crooks

      Re the bill of rights: If rights are granted by a government then they can be taken away by a government. The US constitution declares rights as inalienable. That is can’t be taken away by human government.

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    joel

    persecution is part of Christian faith, they persecuted Jesus first and Christians are persecuted worldwide for there faith, voice of the martyrs makes that plain enough.

    even muslim converts get persecuted for abandoning islam.

    Muslims feel grief when one of there muslim brothers/sisters gets killed, is that really much different to Christian brothers/sisters ending up as martors world wide rather then abandoning Jesus

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  11. avatar

    Sasha

    Overall a well written thought-out article, good work Jason.

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  12. avatar

    Bob the Digger

    How many of those on the street causing trouble are actually in receipt of good Australian Christian charity. Stop their welfare and force them to get employment. Like those of us who just pay and pay.

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    Timothy Kwoh

    Do we expect good from Islam? What will it take for Australians and for that matter, Christians, to realise that Islam is a threat to all?

    Islam is an enemy and we are at war, whether we like it or not since Islam has already declared war against non-Muslims from the beginning. Christians are also at war with Satan and his devices.

    Christians, let us fight the good fight of faith, and pull souls out of the religion of Satan to Christ the Lord.

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