South Land of the Holy Spirit
Australia was called 'South Land of the Holy Spirit', and claimed for Christ by Spanish explorers. It is a young country with a population of just over 22 million, and has sometimes been referred to as 'the lucky country'.
Why? Because of the many benefits we enjoy in this thoroughly free country. It is a country materially rich in world-class cities; in minerals, grain, wool, and a self-sufficient primary industry; it is advanced also in scientific research, and rich in the arts and multi-culturalism.
This ancient land is marked by deserts ―including the famous 'red-heart― rainforests, mountain ranges, golden beaches, hot summers and mild winters. And remarkably, Australia has never experienced a war on its own soil.
Australia is not 'lucky'―it has been blessed by God. But despite the fact that its constitution is founded on Christian values and beliefs, Australia has a declining number of people―some 68%― who regard themselves as even nominal Christians. And among those claiming to be Christian, only a small percentage are committed to regular Bible reading to help them maintain their Christian distinctives and lifestyle.
For many Australians, materialism and humanistic values, have brought them dreams that have 'turned dry'.
Australia has a Christian heritage and can forget it only at their peril. As Karl Marx wrote: "People without a heritage are easily persuaded."