by Pastor Peter Walker, Aboriginal Elder from the Bundjalung Tribe, Northern Rivers, NSW
Aboriginal People call our nation to stand and to pray for marriage as God ordained.
“Our courts oppose the righteous,
and justice is nowhere to be found.
Truth stumbles in the streets,
and honesty has been outlawed.
Yes, truth is gone,
and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.
The Lord looked and was displeased
to find there was no justice.
He was amazed to see that no one intervened
to help the oppressed.
So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,
and his justice sustained him” (Isaiah 59:14-16).
Family is very dear to the heart of Aboriginal People. Marriage is the heart of family. For Aboriginal people marriage between a man and a woman is sacred. Marriage between a man and a woman cannot be anything other than what it is. That is why Aboriginal people are deeply concerned with the proposal to redefine marriage. This is not part of our culture and never has been.
For this reason, the Uluru Bark Petition was presented to the Government on 13 August 2015 with the support of over 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were present for the handing over of the Uluru Bark Petition to government representatives. The petition was written in the Pitjantjatjara language which is the language of the people who own Uluru. It reads –
“To the Prime Minister and the Parliament from the Aboriginal People of Australia and being undersigned by members of the Argan, Arrernte, Bidjara, Biripi, Bundjalung, Bunuba, Dunggatti, Erub, Gidja, Githabul, Gooniyandi, Gumbainggir, Juggera, Jaru, Juru, Kabi-Kabi-Waka-Waka, Kamilaroi, Karajarri, Kaylagal, Koara, Kooma, Luritja, Mamu, Mangala, Mantjintjarra, Mara, Meriam Mir, Munjunjarli, Ngaanyatjarra, Noongar, Nyawaygi, Nyigina, Pitjantjatjara, Wadi-Wadi, Wagilak, Walawurru, Walmatjarri, Wangkumara, Wiradjuri, Wongatha, Wooroora, Wuthathi, Yankuntjatjara, Yidingi-Mbabaram, Yidingi-Mullen-Barra, Balardung tribes and people groups, representing the Aboriginal People of Australia, hereby declare:
The Aboriginal People of Australia are the original inhabitants and the first Nation people of this great southern land Australia.
Our continuing cultures and traditions are 1,000’s of years old and are recognised as the oldest on Earth.
Although Aboriginal People come together as one nation through many different self-governing language and kinship groups with unique cultures and traditions, the sanctity of marriage between man and woman continues to be held in honour among all.
Our Fathers and Mothers are also honoured and form the foundation of our families, clans and systems, and pass down our teachings, our culture, our traditions, from generation to generation.
It is therefore an affront to the Aboriginal People of Australia to suggest another definition of marriage.
The Aboriginal people of Australia recognise the Prime Minister and Parliament as a governing body and strongly calls upon the Parliament to reject any attempt to redefine the institution of marriage, and in doing so, Honour the sanctity of both the tradition of marriage and the spiritual implication of this sacred union.”
Uncle Ronnie Williams, a Noongar elder from Western Australia, used to say “the Bible is Tribal”. That is why Aboriginal people identify with the scriptures so much because they have practiced basic forms of the Mosaic Law found in the Old Testament, for thousands of years. Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of the Mosaic Law found in the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17).
The prophet Isaiah says, “Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed”. This scripture is coming to pass in our nation. God cannot be mocked. We are reaping in our nation what we have sown (Galatians 6:7). We have sown a wind and we are now reaping a whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). I, and my people, are deeply concerned for the future of our country and our families. That is why we must come before God in a spirit of repentance.
Today we celebrate the Charge of the Australia Light Horse to win the battle of Beersheba. This led to the liberation of Jerusalem and the ultimate establishment of the nation of Israel. Many of those in the Australian Light Horse were of Aboriginal descent. Over the course of the war 118 Aboriginal men served in the Australian Light Horse. Whilst I am deeply concerned at the state of our nation, I know that through Jesus Christ and the repentant prayer of many, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14, we can overcome, just like the Australian Light Horsemen did 100 years ago today.
Thank you for your prayers and your fasting over the last 31 days for marriage and family. God will not forget our prayers.
Dear God, we pray that the rulers in Australia will heed your word found in Psalm 2:11-12. “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” We change God’s laws at our own peril. Forgive us for turning our back on you and the words found in your Holy Bible. Marriage is what it is and cannot be what it is not. You made it, we cannot change it! We thank you for the heroic example of the Australian Light Horse. We pray O God that you will hear us today and save our nation from this madness. In Jesus’ Name Amen.
Watch Lighthouse Charge from 1940 movie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wncm1og_zi4
Canberra Declaration Daily Prayer Points for October
- A Miracle for Marriage
- Truth to be Exposed
- A Spirit of Repentance in the Church
- Revival and Transformation in our Nation
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