Rod Bower is the priest at the Gosford Anglican Church, which is famous for the thought-provoking statements posted on the noticeboard out the front of the church. Some of them are: ‘Dear Christians, some people are gay. Get over it, love God’; ‘When will they love their kids more than their guns’; ‘Our kids climate future sold for 30 pieces of silver’; ‘Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out OK’. He was one of the examples I used to illustrate the dichotomy in Christianity in Australia today1. This dichotomy is between those who adhere to the supposed teachings of Jesus, and those who do not. This dichotomy is epitomised by something that has happened very recently. However, to explain it, the reader needs to understand something about Twitter.
Twitter is a social networking service which allows users to send out (‘post’), interact and comment upon ‘tweets’ which have a maximum size of 280 characters. You can follow people who have something interesting to say, especially when they have the knowledge to back it up. If you have anything interesting to say, then people may follow you. If you do not like the attentions of some people, you can ‘block’ them. This stops you seeing any of their tweets and them seeing any of your tweets.
Rod Bower is active on Twitter and a couple of his tweets have so impressed me that they have made it onto the quotes section of this blog2,3. Now it has come to pass that this decent Anglican priest from Gosford has been ‘blocked’ by Brian Houston, the stupendously wealthy ‘pastor’ from the Pentecostal Hillsong Church, and mentor to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. While many people are blocked by Houston, and being blocked by him is looked upon as being a badge of honour, this blocking of the Rod Bower says much about Houston and Morrison. As I said above, this epitomises the dichotomy between the decent Christians and the power-crazed, money-grubbing types that pervade the religion these days.