If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Today Kevin Rudd and the Parliament of Australia said sorry to the Indigenous Australians for the stolen generation.
Honestly, my understanding is limited. I do know that we touched on it during Australian History but my mind at 12 years was far more entranced with The Middle Ages.
Regardless of your position, understanding, agreement etc. I think it is an amazing demonstration of love for a people. For this I am really quite proud. Which surprises me because I am not at all patriotic.
I sat in front of the television this morning watching the events unfold and silently wept. It was a moving demonstration of doing the right thing even when doing the right thing is hard.
It was incredibly powerful to see both sides of politics speaking so strongly in favour of the apology with a resolve to move toward a fairer Australia for our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
I confess I might’ve cried ever so little too 😛
I thought it was really interested that Rudd mentioned a “clanging gong” or something like that (obviously with the aforementioned passage in mind) during his speech.
Its so great to see a decidedly Christian leader of our country doing the right thing.
I cried in front of the telly with all of you too.
And I have never felt more patriotic (ie: proud to be australian) ever. This day made me so joyous.
It also evidences the importance of saying sorry when wrong has been done. As we all saw it does so much more than just give lip service. It acknowledges pain and yesterday our new PM told thousands of hurting Australians that their heartbreak and sorrow over what happened to them or their family matters and is profoundly justified.
Jess…”A decidedly Christian leader” ….???
mmm I’m not sure about that either. perhaps.