Sydney Morning Herald: Prayers for peace and a life lived like God

Posted by Kendall Harmon

THE Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, has exhorted Australians to follow up action on climate change and indigenous child welfare with prayer and says Australia's leaders, including the Prime Minister, are accountable to the electorate, but more so to God.

Following the change of government last month, Dr Jensen said it would be wrong to think that government rested solely on the shoulders of Kevin Rudd and his ministerial cabinet. Under God, the new Labor Government had a responsibility to look outward and help its overseas neighbours in peace and war.

"What I once told John Howard is true of Kevin Rudd also: we all have a higher authority to which we are accountable and, ultimately, God has placed the government of us all on the shoulders of Jesus, the one the prophet Isaiah spoke about," Dr Jensen said in his traditional Christmas message.

"That is a radical change of perspective. If we imagine ourselves as independent human beings who do not need God, the world will prove us wrong. Climate change, for example. It is right we take action but our own actions must be accompanied by prayer to the God who sends the thunder and the rain."

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesAnglican Church of Australia* Culture-WatchReligion & Culture* International News & CommentaryAustralia / NZ

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