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Remembering Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan

Today marks the first anniversary of the killing of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran at the command of the Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Their lives were ended at 12.25am on 29 April 2015.

From ABC Radio

Remembering Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted drug smugglers but in the 10 years leading up to their deaths, they completely reformed. Andrew became an ordained Christian minister inside his Bali prison. Myuran expressed his growing faith in his art.

On their journey, they were accompanied by two extraordinary couples: Salvation Army chaplain David Soper and his wife; and the Rev Christie Buckingham and her husband Pastor Rob Buckingham of Melbourne’s Bayside Church. Rob Buckingham became a friend of this program, where he was a voice of reassurance in dark times.

Illustration from here:

Also see story here:

and here


Prayer Shaming… article by Emma Green.

Prayer Shaming After a Mass Shooting in San Bernardino

Following the murder of at least 14 people in California, the reaction against calls for prayer has been sharp.

There’s a clear claim being made…, and one with an edge: Democrats care about doing something and taking action while Republicans waste time offering meaningless prayers.

There are many assumptions packed into these attacks on prayer: that all religious people, and specifically Christians, are gun supporters, and vice versa. That people who care about gun control can’t be religious, and if they are, they should keep quiet in the aftermath of yet another heart-wrenching act of violence. At one time in American history, liberals and conservatives shared a language of God, but that’s clearly no longer the case; any invocation of faith is taken as implicit advocacy of right-wing political beliefs.

Complete article:

I wonder how some of those conclusions were reached?

Could it be because the devotion of so many “Christians” to a particular party-political stance has given an impression that makes those judgements seem valid?



and men loved darkness rather than light

While ISIS are an obvious current threat within the world, some of the conditions that made their murderous regime possible were set in place through the military campaign conducted by the US, Britain and Australia against Iraq a decade ago. Violence perpetrated by the west made way for violence against the west.
Sowing and reaping.

But that isn’t the only contributing factor. Prince Charles recently made claims that climate change also played its part, with Syria experiencing severe drought for many years that caused shifts of population and increased poverty. It seems he has been mocked making such “ludicrous” claims, but the same things were said in Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary I saw several months ago, in which Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas L. Friedman examined the role of climate change on Syria’s turbulent political situation and how the resulting destabilisation created conditions for what’s happening today.
Climate change, the result of man’s greed and exploitation of God’s creation
Sowing and reaping.

The above two situations were exploited by men intent on violence, men driven by religious ideas that excuse and encourage their violence. Ideas that allow them to victimise and exploit the weak and helpless. They are parasites, feeding on the fear of those they oppress, choosing to follow evil passions and using their god as justification for what they do.

Earlier I mentioned my own thoughts about what I’d do if I was in a position where I could put an end to a situation like that in Paris, if killing a terrorist and stopping his rampage of murder would save countless other immediate victims.
The likelihood of that happening would be close to zero, but I wanted to consider how I’d respond in the very unlikely case that it did – and what response would be acceptable or “right”. It was more of a moral assessment than a serious consideration of viable possibilities. Surely I should turn the other cheek? But what if it’s not my cheek that was hit, or my life under threat? Do I turn a blind eye to the horrors being inflicted on others if I could make a difference?

Would prayer would be a preferable option in that case? Or standing up to them in the name of Jesus, to share the gospel?
It possibly would be if I knew I had faith strong enough to stand between the murderer and his intended victims and for those actions to bring about a favourable end to the situation. But unless God gave me a special gift of faith for that moment, I don’t think my faith wouldn’t be sufficient – and all I’d be doing was adding myself to the victims without preventing any further murders, and considering the present day methods of terrorists, it wouldn’t even prevent the perpetrator’s death (at his own hand).

Elsewhere I’ve received responses that say the terrorists are no greater sinners than all of the rest of us, that their murdering is no more sinful than the things we may see as being lesser evils: that we don’t see sin in the same way God sees it. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory…
But does God Himself NOT make distinctions? Clearly under the law he established with Israel He ordered harsher penalties (even death) for some sins than He did for others. All sin has eternal consequences, but some sin has consequences in the here and now.

Receiving the gift of salvation is conditional upon each individual’s choice. Those who openly choose systematic murder, rape, torture, terror and ultimately suicide, and encourage others to take the same path, disqualify themselves from any part in God’s blessings.

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”


Evil and Cowardice

During the last two months:

Bombings in Ankara, Turkey killed at least 99.
The destruction of a Russian airliner caused the deaths of 224 on board.
Bombs in Lebanon killed at least 41.
Attacks in Paris killed more than 130.

How could anyone take pride in the cowardly slaughter of the unarmed and defenceless?

In Paris, Satan-inspired cowards didn’t have the guts to face up to anyone who could have fought back. Instead they blew themselves up to escape – foolishly thinking they would find themselves transported to paradise, “martyrs” for their cause.

And now they will find what kind of reward they will be receive for their hateful, evil cowardice. Instead of the paradise they expected, they will find that the brief agony of being torn apart by their explosive vests would itself be “paradise” compared to their actual eternal fate; “where ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

…the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

In the list of atrocities mentioned above, I note two of them were committed in countries that are Israel’s immediate neighbours. Also I’ve just read that the concert hall where most of the murders took place in Paris is Jewish owned. I don’t think any of that is coincidence.


Ben Quilty pays tribute to Myuran Sukumaran


A video of Ben Quilty’s speech at Myuran Sukumaran’s funeral. Follow this link (approx. 10 mins):

Ben Quilty:

“The senselessness of what happened to my friend has made me see very clearly that the act perpetrated on him was as close to evil as I have ever seen,”


Andrew Chan Funeral

The funeral of Andrew Chan, the Australian recently murdered in Indonesia was held this morning.
The funeral for Myuran Sukumaran who was murdered alongside him will be held tomorrow.


Wife recites letter written to Chan on day of execution

chan funeralFebyanti Herewila, who Chan married two days before his execution, received a standing ovation after speaking at the service.

She recited a letter that she wrote to Chan on the day of his execution.

“Darling keep singing when they take you. I love you, I’ll see you soon, death cannot separate us,” she said.

She praised Chan for his strength throughout the ordeal, saying “no-one could ever face death like him”.

“Andrew refused to cover his eyes and he even wore his glasses that night,” she said.

“He hates wearing his glasses, [but] that night he chose to wear them because he wanted to look them in the eyes”.

After the ceremony there was a private cremation.

Chan was executed alongside fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran and six other prisoners on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan on Wednesday last week.

The two men spent nearly 10 years in detention on death row in Bali’s Kerobokan prison after they were found guilty of attempting to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into Australia.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the executions were a “dark moment” in the relationship between Australia and Indonesia, and responded by withdrawing the Australian ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson.

Chan expressed remorse for his crimes and, together with Sukumaran, he established a drug rehabilitation program for fellow inmates at the Kerobokan prison.

An atheist before his arrest, Chan later converted to the Christian faith, which he said helped him cope with life in jail.


The above is from an article found here


Birds of a Feather…

Indonesian president Joko Widodo granted clemency to a double murderer and two convicted killers, but refused to show any mercy to Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Dwi Trisna Firmansyah was one of three men that took part in a double murder. He had his death sentence overturned.

According to media reports, soon after the president granted Firmansyah clemency, he denied the same for Chan and Sukumaran.

Firmansyah, 28, was one of three killers involved in the robbery and planned murder of a shop owner and his son in April 2012, The Jakarta Post reported.

On April 16, 2012, Firmansyah and two other men broke into a man’s shop and assaulted him with a bat. The trio also killed the man’s son when he tried to help his father, the Daily Mail reported.

ABC reported that two other murderers had been granted clemency by the president.

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