I have little interest in rugby or sports in general but recently I have with saddened heart watched the Israel Folau incident and the medias response
However you see things here one thing you cannot avoid, this is religious persecution. If you think this is a little extreme read this article from Mamamia. Consider these points:
- Did he quote the Bible?
- Were those quotes correct and in context?
- Was he’s interpretation true and accurate?
- Was he using the Bible in a way that is inconsistent with God’s heart?
While point four is arguable and only known to his friends the others could only be given a yes. Also, he has been singled out for “Anti-Gay” speech. Read his post below and look at the full statement.
I notice he hasn’t been criticised for anything else except one of those groups. Also think about who comes under the full list. I fit into at least two to three of them and I’m sure I’m not alone. The fact is, as Paul wrote
‘For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. ‘ Romans 3:23-24https://my.bible.com/bible/116/ROM.3.nlt
It’s all of us, we fall short of God’s perfection (as I’ve written here numerous times) but we all have access to grace. So Israel Falou’s statement were non discriminatory and accurate to his beliefs. But, are his attackers? They have misrepresented his statements and made it about one group. They have asked him to withdraw them as not true (something he can’t do). So, religious discrimination? I believe yes. But be ready for more. The new age is anti-Christian and confirms the storm our children will bear. Painful as it is, the west is beginning the slide to being a persecuted nation read my post here). all we can do (and should do) is pray for us and the children, that we will stand together and not forget what we have been called to.