For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 25 Aug 2013.
Australian pastor Mark Glanville, writing in Eternity magazine, says the Prime Minister’s PNG solution to the problem of asylum seekers, and the policy of mandatory detention, are indefensible from the standpoint of biblical ethics. He says our best hope for a solution is regional cooperation with our near neighbours.
For example, the Bali process “gathers leaders and experts from the region in order to address irregular movements between countries, with the aim of stopping people smuggling and protecting displaced people.”
But governments cannot do it alone. He says:
Biblical ethics call for a new morality in Australian politics and a new commitment among the people of God. If witness to Christ in Australia is to be authentically biblical and if it is to be heeded by compassionate Australians, then the church must carefully attend to biblical ethics regarding the stranger and both advocate for, and model, the radical welcome of Christ.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.