by Pastor Tim Edwards, Australian Indigenous Christian Leader

Families are the strength of our society from generation to generation.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:27-28).

“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts ; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words, keep my commandments, and live” (Proverbs 4:1-4).

“And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:50).

It is acknowledged that Australian Indigenous people are the custodians of the oldest living culture in the world.

The most valued group of people in our culture is Family. This is not just our immediate family but our extended families – from generation to generation.

When Australian Aboriginal People first meet and greet each other some of the first things we ask in our conversation is “where are you from?” and “who is your Family?”

This gives positive connection, identity, and honours our posterity. It is a way of passing on a Family blessing to future generations.

Our Grandparents, Parents, Siblings, Uncles, Aunties, Cousins, Grandchildren plus extended families and kinship system gives us the strength in our society.
The sad history in Australia of the mistreatment and massacre of entire communities of Indigenous people still causes us to mourn. The blood of lost generations of Families still cries out!

That’s why I believe, as an Indigenous Australian, that Marriage and Family and reproduction of Children is so important for us. We want to continue as a people to be blessed from this generation to the following future generations.

Children are our legacy that guarantees our posterity. Children are a blessing from generation to generation upon Indigenous Australia.

With same-sex ‘marriage’ what is the expectation for the reproduction of children? Would there be a future generation coming from such unions?

God in Heaven, Your Word declares that You made every nation. You established Indigenous Peoples in this Great Southland. Thank You that every human person is made in Your image and is loved by You. In the beginning You set the pattern for marriage when You brought the first man and the first woman together. You planted a Garden for them as a place where they could flourish and have a Family.

Children brought up by homosexual couples will not be raised by their true mother and father nor will they know their previous generations of ancestors. We pray that You will stop our government from deliberately embarking on new stolen generations of motherless and fatherless children.

Pour out Your Spirit on this land! Heal our nation! May the Name of Jesus be lifted high over our nation so that many will come to faith in the Lord Jesus.

We pray these things in the name of Jesus! Amen. – 40 Stories

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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