The Wallabies three-times player of the year and Super Rugby’s all-time try scorer met his final dismissal, after simply exercising his personal freedom of belief, freedom of speech and of expression in a world bombarded by a humanistic anti-God form of ideology with firm assertiveness in ‘human individual rights of freedom in everything’.
How many, I wonder of the so-called humanistic activists stood out and spoke up in his defence.
It wasn’t like Folau took up an AK47 or M-16 assault rifle to gun down gays, drunkards, adulterers and sinners alike, like rampaging terroristic attacks sweeping randomly across untold nations of the world. He was simply delivering and declaring a message of Christian love to all of his many friends and humanity collectively, reminding them of the dangers of such sinful lifestyles which according to Jesus Christ, as Folau quoted 1 Corinthians 6: 9 & 10, Revelation 21:8, shall only lead them to eternal hell, death and damnation. Not Folau’s words but the very words of Holy Scripture, in which there is promised salvation and eternal life for all who believe and stand firmly on Jesus Christ the Author and Finisher of our Christian Faith.
I certainly and very definitely salute and raise my hat with high five praise for Folau for boldly and fearlessly using his high profile platform, as a rugby superstar to set up a warning sign of an impending danger(detour or u-turn, dead end or danger – don’t pass this line) as all decent road planners would do to all road users. Folau out of love for his Saviour Jesus Christ, out of respect for the Gospel Truth that Jesus lived and died for, merely sacrificed a lifetime career, lifetime wealth and fortune for his family and a lifetime not guilty verdict and conviction’ in the eyes of Almighty God Jesus Christ whose ultimate will is “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
This is totally and absolutely no different a message from what Noah preached and wa denied by a world of sinful humanity in which all except for the eight members of Noah’s family perished in a great deluge of flood (Genesis 7 and 8).
The very same message was delivered to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, of which all citizens who refused to heed (excep only Lot and his two daughters) were consumed by fire and brimstone rained down from out of heaven due to their disbelief and disobedience (Genesis 19). Is it any surprise or wonder why so many countries, peoples and nations of the world in our day and age, suffer the same consequences due to their rejection and denial of the One True God of the bible, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and for ever” (Hebrews 13: 8)?
Though Folau did not shed a single drop of blood of sacrifice like Jesus and his band of Apostles did in their days, he sure stood up on his own world acclaimed podium as one Christian individual pointing all sinners and professing Christians to no other way of entry into God’s kingdom but repentance through obeying Acts 2:38 as he so frequently quoted.
He expresses and demonstrates the greatest of all love, which is of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ than saving his career, his worldly fame and fortune. That is a heart of a real and true warrior, champion and hero for Christ.
How many of us fellow preachers, teachers and Christians alike would be bold enough to declare the same Gospel truth at any of our family and friends’ funerals and burials? How many of us are still compromising this Gospel truth for fear of ridicule and mockery from people? How many of us fellow Christians are willing to ‘Let Go and Let God’ come what may and live a Christ-focused and Christ-centred personal life to the very end?
This to me is a real wake-up call and real shake-up time for all Christians world wide.
When and where the world is at its darkest, that’s when and where the Christians are at their brightest. When and where the world is at their lowest, that’s when and where Christians should be at their highest.
Jesus warned his disciples and followers, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my Name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Mathew 10:22)
It’s not Folau nor anybody in Christ that the world hates but the name tag that they wear and live for: Jesus Christ.
Finally, Jesus encourages all who choose to follow him, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (Mark 8: 36). Folau For Love, let us all hash-tag our names for the Love of Jesus, but we cannot just wear but stand up for it anywhere, anytime and all the time.
God bless the Folau family and all Christian families under siege facing severe and serious persecution anywhere, all because of that one saving Name of God – Jesus Christ! Amen!
Bishop Tutai Pere