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The Power Of Unapology – Lessons From Our Unrepentant Prime Minister

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Fairfax journalist Annabel Crabb wrote a wry article about our unapologetic Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.
Read it here. As an old Melburnian the link is to the Age website. Sorry for those who avoid such places.
Crabb makes the observation that having been a figure of enthusiastic contrition for the failings of those who had preceded him, our PM has been more in the habit lately of refusing to apologise for positions that he is not really being asked to repent of.
The word ‘unapologetic’, when used to describe an attitutude or action makes the said attitude or action seem bold, decisive, possibly defiant, and serves to gather those who agree with the said attitude or action into a bold partnership of mavericks.
Crabb’s illustration of the principle using puppies is laugh out loud stuff.
She also provides us with the splendid phrase ‘champagne unrepentence’ to describe how PM Rudd has managed to unapologetically champion two seemingly conflicting policies over the one issue.
Christians are used to apologising for one thing after another. And rightly so.
But these days we may be getting a little unapologetic ourselves.
When it comes to issues such as Scriptural authority, penal substitutionary atonement, worship that is focussed on God, the imperative of evangelism and living according to God’s Word we may be tempted to say that we embrace these positions apologetically, as if we’re brave or principled to hold them.
Scripturally speaking, we don’t hold these positions, these positions hold us.
The Holy Spirit has regenerated us and to Spirit indwelt minds the Scriptures are life and truth.
We don’t need tricks with words to try and make our position seem marginal, edgy or brave. The Gospel has its own power.
The truth by which we are saved and then live by comes to us not in ‘plausable words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might rest not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.’ (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
Our positions are true, not because we hold them with vigour (or unapology) but because they are true.
So let’s affirm them with simplicity, humility and gratitude.
After all, it’s not about us, it’s about the Gospel.

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