Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 31 Mar 2013
On this Easter Sunday, even as Christians remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what it means for us, we recognise the real cry in our community for correcting specific social evils and inappropriate personal behaviour, evident in recent sports betting excess, alcohol related violence, and the violation of human dignity and human rights that occurs every day.
Our community needs people of clear moral persuasion and political will to acknowledge our social sins and the factors contributing to them, who will take responsible action for reform.
At the same time, we each need to look at our own personal lives, and take the courage to change, get our lives right, and make a more positive difference in our world.
Are Australians tired of indifference? Easter platitudes risk the danger of missing the shocking central message of Easter: everything depends on the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the humble carpenter’s son who is the Son of God.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.