Blessed are you when men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven.
Australian Rugby player Israel Folau has been going through a sustained media campaign* against him for several weeks now, because of his public expressions of faith in Jesus. It started when he
“…was asked a question by somebody about what God’s plan is for gay people. My response to the question is what I believe God’s plan is for all sinners, according to my understanding of my Bible teachings….”
Since then he’s been attacked from all quarters in the media and by a media fuelled public.
The situation worsened when he dared to post a video of a David Wilkerson sermon on his twitter account, described in the media as “an anti-gay video”.
The onslaught continued today:
“It appears the furore surrounding Israel Folau’s religious views is only fuelling him to share more of his controversial thoughts…”
Because of his expressions of his faith, there have been calls for Folau’s career to be ended as well as the constant negative media attention.
Also in the news today:
Poll shows nearly 80% of respondents are against religious schools’ exemptions on LGBTI anti-discrimination law
Four out of five Australians oppose the right of religious schools to hire and fire staff or expel students because of their sexuality, a new poll has found.
The YouGov Galaxy poll, conducted for the LGBTI rights lobby group Just Equal, found that 82% opposed the existing discrimination law exemptions that allowed expulsion of gay and lesbian students and 79% opposed the schools’ ability to fire teachers if they married a person of the same sex.
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 practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
*Examples here: https://wwos.nine.com.au/2018/05/12/11/39/israel-folau-met-by-protester-in-new-zealand