Reflections of a Broken Man

A Letter to the Chaplain by StephenMac
April 27, 2009, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Reflections

To the Chaplain who was involved in the Dawn Service at Martin Place on ANZAC Day 2009,

God has blessed us amazingly, that in Australia, we may still publicly and openly be involved as Christians in ANZAC Day services. Such freedom is a blessing that is probably not shared elsewhere in many other countries. God has surely provided so abundantly to us, and we do well to remember such blessings.

And so I must ask, why, when you led us in prayer, did I feel that I was praying to an anonymous God? We prayed to the “Almighty Lord and God”, which while true, Jesus (as well as most of the New Testament writers) consistently referred to him as our Father. Are we not allowed to address him in such a fashion? Why, when you led us in  prayer, did you not speak of Jesus, the one who enables us to pray to that “Almighty Lord and God” and address him as Father? Why did you speak of the values of the ANZAC spirit, such as loyalty, courage, bravery, and self-sacrifice, and yet not speak at all of the epitome of those values, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? Why, in the context of the cenotaph (from the Greek for empty tomb – mentioned mere minutes before your prayer) did you not mention The Empty Tomb, and the hope that comes from that?! Why, in the context of the self-sacrifice of the soldiers of Australia, did you not mention The Self-Sacrifice of Jesus Christ crucified in our place?! Why was there no hope offered to people, knowing that they thought that the only way to live forever would be in the memories of future generations?!?

What excuse is there, as a Servant of Jesus Christ, for not presenting the Gospel in the two opportunities that you were given by Him in the service? I know that it is a difficult and scary thing, to be not only up front of the 35,000 people at Martin Place, as well as the countless others listening in via other media. I know that our secular society may have commented, may have laughed, may have mocked, may have persecuted you for speaking up for the Gospel, but did you not expect this when you chose to follow Christ? What do you think Christ meant when he said “Pick up your cross and follow me?”

If it was an innocent mistake, then I could understand. If you were forced to be politically correct, then I could sympathise. But they asked you, a minister of the Gospel, to pray for us and to lead us in the Benediction, surely they understood that you could potentially speak out for Christ, and present the Gospel.

I am sorry if I have caused you offence, but I was personally offended and disappointed by what I considered an “un-Christian” prayer from a minister of the Gospel.

Yours in Christian Fellowship,


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