The Religion of Julia Gillard

You will know them by their fruits… (Mat.7:16).

Every person in the world is religious. Of course, they may be Buddist, Moslem, a Hindu, a Christian, an animist, a humanist or something else. Despite what people may say, everyone holds to a viewpoint which is their “ultimate concern,” which is their religion.

Religion determines ideology, values and culture. For this reason it is critical to understand the religious beliefs of political leaders, for despite what they may profess, that is what ultimately moves them. People live out their religious faith.

Julia Gillard is a humanist. By general definition that means that for her, mankind is the centre of all things, and the God of the Bible is fundamentally excluded. For her, it would appear that the Ten Commandments represent a set of beliefs and standards fundamentally irrelevant to her personally, or as a Parliamentarian.

There is nothing new about Julia’s religious position. Hers was the position of many others in history. Humanism politically is seen originally in the Bible at the tower of Babel. The inhabitants of Babel said “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach to heaven, and lets us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth” (Gen.11:4). But God destroyed their plans, as He destroys every humanistic plan.

To be consistent religiously, Julia Gillard would be an atheist, an evolutionist, a feminist,  pro-abortion and a socialist. And there is every reason to believe that this is actually the case. Furthermore she is a believer in Big Government and big spending; all four Labour budgets this time around (2008-2011) have been deficits. We in Australia are substantially in debt, though not as bad as the rest of the world.

Consistent with her religion, Julia is a believer in Keynesian economics, meaning the belief that governments should spend up in a time of recession or economic decline to offset cuts in personal spending, even if it requires borrowing.  But as Rockwell points out,

It was the science of economics that first discovered the radical incapacity of the state to make any improvements in the social order. It turns science on its head to invoke economics as a reason for the government to loot and pillage in the name of “stimulating investment.” Stimulation here, there, and everywhere amounts to a diminution of freedom, security of property, and prosperity.[1]

To a Keynesian, this justifies the spending on the Pink Batts scheme two years ago, the Education Revolution (where over a billion was wasted by the government through incompetency and inefficiency) and almost any spending activity undertaken by the government, such as giving $100 million of tax-payers’ money to Bluescope Steel when they complained of financial pressure.

Wherever we turn, Keynesian ideology is in the saddle: more government debt, more boondoggles, more state-to-state aid, more inflation. This is why America and Western Europe will not get out of the debt swamp until the Great Default clears the decks.[2]

Now, with Greece threatening to de-fault on its loans, Julia has attended the G20 Conference at Cannes in France, pledging that Australia will contribute to the IMF, so that Greece may not face a day of reckoning. In this, she is being thoroughly consistent with her forebears from the tower of Babel, and it is safe to predict that this scheme too, is doomed.

Why? Hers is the belief that governments can solve economic problems, even international ones like a nation’s threat to default. Having rejected the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ, Julia has a substitute: the omnipotent State. Like her ideological soul-mate Barack Obama (with whom she has a lot in common) Julia believes in this sort of thing. It is an aspect of her religious faith to have a grand expectation of what governments can do, either domestically or in cooperation with others, when they get together and act to try and solve some international problem. The Tower of Babel, all over again.

Does it matter that Australia will have to borrow the money? It doesn’t matter to her. She thinks that this is what governments can do, so she will. It’s a fundamental of her religious faith driving her activity, that government can and will solve the problems of the world.

Conclusion:

Once Christ is left out of the transformation of society, a new change-agent must arise. The state becomes the new civilisation builder, and we’re back to political pyramidism without the gospel. All that is wrong with the world must be cured by the omnipotent state. God is no longer seen as the Provider. Only the state can provide. The church is impotent. Wealth distribution can effectively restructure society so that justice prevails. The poor will be better off. Our children will receive better education. The idea of a Christian civilisation is abandoned.[3]

At some point, Australians will need to decide whether they want to continue with Julia, or her replacement. Our role in the Church will be critical in this, for we are the ones charged with the task of being salt and light, and influencing our communities. Now is the time to determine our position.

As believers in Jesus Christ, can we really re-elect a person of her humanist faith?

 

 




[1] Lew Rockwell, “The Myth of Good Government,” (his website) 5/11/2008.

[2] North, G., “Western Politicians to Asian Politicians: ‘Please Sir, I Want Some More,’ ” 5/11/2011.

[3] De Mar, G., & Leithart, P., “The Reduction of Christianity,” 1988, p.320.

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