So I am sitting in my office at home doing sermon prep for Sunday and my phone rings. I answer and I hear – Hi Peter, this is Mike, Mike Baird. I am a little sceptical so I said – What the Premier of NSW? He says yes. Anyway – he tells me he received my email about his fasting for Ramadan and wanted to answer my concerns.
So we talked about his Christian Faith and he explained to me that his fasting for the last day of Ramadan was to acknowledge the faith of the Muslims that form part of his NSW constituency and in no way devalues his Christian Faith. I explained to him my concern that we as a Nation and indeed our political leaders seem to be pandering to Islam and not standing on the Judeo-Christian ethic of our forefathers. We discussed this at length and I have to say I was impressed with the answers that he gave. I also then expressed my concern about the Victorian ban on expressions of faith in their public schools and Mike very strongly said that that will not be happening here.
Toward the end of the conversation I invited him to attend Nowra City Church one Sunday morning in the next couple of months. He accepted the invitation and said his office would be contacting me to make it happen.
Well I have to say I am kind of surprised Mike Baird rang me. But I am pleased he did and I was encouraged by the explanation he gave in response to my email.