It's official: Australia is the most sinful nation on earth. It seems fitting on this Australia Day to acknowledge the fact. The verdict comes from the BBC, and we know 'Aunty' always tells the truth...ahem (clearing throat). Apparently, they came to this conclusion by scientifically mapping the seven deadly sins to nations and then awarding points for sins in each area. The result? Australia comes up trumps!
On a serious note, as every sower of the Word here knows, this is hard ground to plough, and ever since its founding Australia has had a reputation for being irreligious, if not outrightly Godless. Unlike the US, we've never had our Great Awakenings, and unlike the UK, we've never had a Wesley or a Whitefield or a John Knox, not to mention a Luther, to turn the hearts and minds of the masses to God in repentance and faith. By and large, the Christian faith has only been taken seriously here by pockets of Scottish Presbyterians, German Lutherans, English Baptists, Irish Catholics and Sydney Anglicans. The last mentioned group continues to thrive, bucking all trends, but the preceding groups have all come up hard against modernity, which is less than friendly to strong confessional allegiances; they are not quite ready to be written off, but their future looks decidedly grim.
But perhaps our time is yet to come? Where sin abounds...
HT to Archbishop Cranmer for this interesting tidbit. Click on the post title to view his report.
Here's the league table: