Thought for the Week 24 November 2019

Anglican Mothers Union Australia Sunday

Challenging gender-based violence

Violence against someone of the opposite gender signals a belief that that person is an inferior being, is of a lower order of creation. It can also be assumed that the perpetrator also believes that animals and every living thing on earth is also ‘available’ for rape and pillage. But that is another discussion. Although for Christians the primary texts are Genesis 1:28 and 1 John 4:8 – the God created male and female in God’s image and that God is Love. God is our Loving Creator. If we Christian live and speak this, we can with all authority challenge gender-based violence.

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Proverbs 31:8

As members in Sri Lanka focus on empowering women and marriages, they intend to act with love and compassion in a non-judgemental way as Jesus did, putting prayer and listening to God at the centre of their work.