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Should we support Israel Folau?

Should we support Israel Folau?

I have been following Izzy’s journey over the last few weeks. I am starting to feel very passionate about what I am seeing, hearing and reading.

I am distilling some thoughts to write on this in a couple of weeks.

I would love to hear, my beloved readers what your thoughts and views are on this situation?

  • Do you think that the way he is being treated is just?
  • Do you think that his battle is more about religious freedom than a multi-million-dollar contract?
  • Do you think he should ‘turn the other cheek’ and let it go?
  • What outcome do you think you would like to see for the future of Australia in regard to religious freedom?

Your thoughts, and your voice in this matter are important.

More important perhaps, than you might think.

Please take the time to distil your thoughts and write in your comments.

You are deeply loved and richly cherished.

Christine Greenwood

Reign in Life


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4 thoughts on “Should we support Israel Folau?

  1. Brian Midra says:

    He is not being treated justly. It’s all about religious attack against Christians from the religion of the moral liberal. Turn the other cheek?

    It’s a minefield. If you say “I’m For Izzy” (as I am), then you are “judgemental”. I do think that Christian leaders, which he became, due to popularity, do need to be wise with media. BUT … We all need to confess Jesus, not just as a religious icon, but admit to believing what he believes. Izzy did that. But then they took it out of context and made him look like he was angry and judgemental.

    I do get a very strong sense whenever I think of this, especially when I start to think Izzy could have been wiser, that God likes what Izzy did. I get overly concerned about how I am perceived, rather than how God feels about what I do and say. The way he is perceived, as a result of what he did, is bad. But the way God feels about what he did, is good. Confessing Christ, and being willing for the persecution … that’s what Jesus meant when he said “whoever confesses me… I will confess to my father”.

    Izzy has awakened us all to the fact that it’s vital that we don’t misrepresent Christ in order to maintain a good rating in the polls, or hosts of Facebook followers… it’s very valuable if Jesus’ estimation, when we admit to believing what he believes, in the face of opposition from the “morally progressive” – and that list in Rev also includes the “fearful”. Izzy was not fearful.

    All he is asking for is an apology. If he looses that court case, then he can turn the other cheek.

    1. Christine says:

      Some great thoughts here Brian thanks for sharing your heart…

  2. Charissa says:

    * Do you think that the way he is being treated is just? — I think – with regards to his dismissal from football: he signed a contract. Agreed to the terms. Violated those terms… the dismissal was fair. I honestly believe he should have looked more carefully at what he was signing/agreeing to and if he felt it didn’t allow him freedom to express his religious views – and that was important to him – then he shouldn’t have signed. He should have negotiated a more acceptable contract. — How he is being treated by people in general? I can’t really say. It’s stirred up Christians and similar mainstream faiths which is a portion of society that has been noticeably quiet (maybe beaten into submission? Maybe just terribly unsure how to proceed?) by the very vocal Middle Eastern religious world wide community. The more radical parts of each side have had no trouble speaking or acting out but the general people of all these religions have not really spoken out or voiced their opinions. This whole issue has stirred them and I believe it has started a swing back towards the middle rather than the vocal minority leading the way.
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    * Do you think that his battle is more about religious freedom than a multi-million-dollar contract? — Yes. The post he made was inflammatory. The words were blunt and in-your-face and said with a purpose. His message could have been expressed just as clearly and not have been so “bash-me-over-the-head”, “OMG did he just say that?!?!”. He has made his Faith a huge part of his public image. As a Christian I am proud of an elite athlete taking that stance and being so unashamedly transparent and vocal about it. He has paved the way for younger athletes to not be shy about what they believe – even if they are not so vocal. He has said repeatedly in interviews that he doesn’t care about the money. His Faith comes first. I have to take that at face value and say – for Izzy – it’s about Religious Freedom. I also believe he is fighting for a precedence to be set legally and politically so that every day Christians are protected; so they can’t be fired for voicing their opinions. He has the money to make it a real thing – to fight the fight.
    * Do you think he should ‘turn the other cheek’ and let it go? — I think he is in a unique position to fight this fight on behalf of Christians not able to commit large sums of money into legal battles. He has a public persona – his sacking has stirred the general public. Now is a good time to make a change if he can. God didn’t make us weak. He has said there will be persecution for those who will stand steadfast in His name. What does backing down now achieve??
    * What outcome do you think you would like to see for the future of Australia in regard to religious freedom? — 1. Equality. What applies to one religion should apply to all. 2. Freedom to discuss beliefs freely without fear of repercussion. Actions…? I’m not sure. That’s trickier… actions need consequences but who sets those consequences? What are the boundaries? At what point does legislation come into play? Should it? Who enforces these?? Those are topics that need further thought, deeper prayer and probably someone much smarter socially and politically than me! 😊

    1. Christine says:

      Some very interesting thoughts here Charissa… Thanks so much for Sharing!

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