(February 15, 2019) Dr Jim McClure, straight shooting theologian, considers Australia’s future…
Recently Australia Day, January 28, resounded with the singing of our national anthem, the last line of which the first verse is ‘Advance Australia fair.’
However, in reflecting on Australia – its past and present, and thinking about its future – I sense that a more appropriate final line is not a statement but would be a question – ‘Advance Australia where?’
So the question is… As a nation where are we going? In what direction are we heading?
Before Australia had been put on maps, for over 1500 years many people had speculated that there was a large continent in the southern hemisphere for which there was no documentary evidence. Then, just over 400 years ago in 1606, the Portuguese explorer Fernández de Quirós sailed into the southern waters and, discovering that large landmass, called it La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo which means ‘The Southland of the Holy Spirit.’
The Southland of the Holy Spirit
What a great name for a country! How wonderful it would be if the Spirit of God really had sovereign authority over this nation! (more…)