Poverty of the soul is in need of a spir­i­tual rem­edy

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

RE: “All re­li­gions should unite to help poor” ( M. War­ren, TB, July 7).

As usual, M. War­ren is rant­ing against re­li­gion and in par­tic­u­lar Jenny Stir­ling’s pro­posal that the cur­rent Pope be made a saint.

War­ren is in good com­pany be­cause Je­sus also railed against re­li­gion and the un­godly prac­tices of the de­nom­i­na­tions of his day, call­ing them “dogs and hyp­ocrites”, in­clud­ing whip­ping them out of the tem­ple grounds be­cause they had made it a place of “mer­chan­dise” and a “den of thieves”.

The point is, these

re­li­gions had turned peo­ples’ wor­ship into busi­nesses.

If the Pope gave all his mil­lions to the poor, as War­ren sug­gests, wouldn’t that just start another busi­ness?

Hasn’t “so­cial­ism” – War­ren’s re­li­gion – and “en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism” – Jenny Stir­ling’s re­li­gion – both be­come big busi­ness, just as unions, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, cli­mate change move­ment and same- sex mar­riage ac­tivism are busi­nesses?

These all have their doc­trines, moral codes, hi­er­ar­chi­cal or­ders and money that flows to grease the wheels.

of God

The same- sex mar­riage ac­tivism, for ex­am­ple, in Ire­land that re­sulted in par­lia­men­tary ap­proval was not some ran­dom ac­tion put to­gether by a few vol­un­teers that be­lieved in the cause.

No, but it was a care­fully or­ches­trated ma­nip­u­la­tion of the public and par­lia­men­tar­i­ans over a pe­riod of eight years that was funded by mil­lions of dol­lars from a multi- bil­lion­aire donor.

I won­der if Jenny, now that she has de­clared her­self to be a Chris­tian, also stands against abor­tion and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

I would rec­om­mend to War­ren that we work to rem­edy the poverty of soul that ex­ists in our own com­mu­nity par­tic­u­larly those young men who are tak­ing their lives in ap­par­ently ev­er­in­creas­ing num­bers.

It is a spir­i­tual prob­lem that needs a spir­i­tual rem­edy.

It is not about go­ing to a church but about go­ing to Je­sus, who is invit­ing all to, Matthew 11: 28 “Come to Me all you that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.

STEPHEN MAL­COLM,

Castle Hill.

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