In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28, Verses 19-20, we find the essence of the Christian mission encapsulated in what is commonly known as the Great Commission. Jesus, after His resurrection, imparts a profound mandate to His disciples, instructing them to go and "make disciples of all nations."
For the past few decades, the Western Sydney suburb of Auburn has not been attributed to one of a strong Christian community, with the changing socio-demographics now seeing over a third of the population identifying as adherents to the Islamic religion followed by a growing number of East and South Asian belief systems.
The world of politics is a realm of grand illusions and broken promises. It's a place where we're told to place our trust, where the hopes and dreams of millions are hung on the words of politicians. But time and again, we've seen that trust misplaced, those promises broken, and our faith in the system eroded.
Confronting Western civilisation is the tension of self-sacrifice and the growing individualistic material pursuits of our socio-political systems. At the core intersection of such upheaval is a question underpinning the role of Christian charity in the world today.
Are you carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you feel that your world is falling down beside you and that no one else understands? Fear not, it is possible to find hope in hard times.