Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Okay Friday

a Biblical thought...
"Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table." (2 Sam 9:7)

a Book thought...
Our corps were called preaching stations in The Christian Mission, giving evidence of the importance of preaching in our history. (p16)
a Dave thought...
PUNTERS will be able to bet with the TAB on Good Friday this year for the first time.
Tabcorp told the Herald Sun it would open its doors for Victorian and NSW punters.
There are no races in Victoria on Good Friday, which falls on April 10 this year, but punters will be able to bet on races in Singapore and South Africa, two NRL games and international sports that fall into the time frame.

Mr Nason said Good Friday should not be sacrosanct in a multicultural society.
"People have a choice as to what they do on the day and how they wish to spend it," he said.
"We are a multicultural society. People have a whole range of religious beliefs and Good Friday isn't as big in some religions as in others. "We appreciate and respect that so we are just looking at the opportunity of inviting those that want to partake to do that." Mr Nason said Tabcorp did not need approval from the federal or state governments to operate on Good Friday. "We don't need approval. We can wager on any day we want to," he said. "Race clubs need to get approval to race, but (we don't) because we're dealing with international events." As well as agencies and pub TABs, Tabcorp's call centre will also be operating.

This is another sign that we now live in a post-Christendom society. For many of us Good Friday is a day we have kept sacred, a day passed on to us by previous generations to be kept holy. Sadly many no longer believe in putting a day aside to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus. It is amazing with only 7% of Australians attending church regularly that our Christian calender still dominates many of the public holidays in our year. This seems to be somewhat of a contradiction as only some Australians love Jesus, but then again I'm certain all Australians love Public Holidays.

Just a thought.

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