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A call to serve without judgement as indigenous group want Christian group banned

by Tola Mbakwe

.A Christian missionary in Australia has stressed the importance of evangelising without judgement after it has been reported an indigenous group wants a Christian charity banned form their region.

According to the Daily Mail, aboriginal elders in a remote community in Western Australian want a Christian group forbidden from visiting.

Dr Emma Clow is a missionary for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Australia and works mainly with indigenous people in prisons.

She told Premier there is a range of reasons why the elders may have an issue with a particular Christian organisation.

"What are they doing when they come across?" she asked.

"Are they being sensitive? I just think if you serve the community without judging and meet the physical needs, you're doing it in Christ strength.

"God is the one that will change the heart, you don't have to do that. You don't have to argue his case. You just have to be there to represent who Christ is and I think that it's God's work to do the other parts of it."

Dr Clow said it's important for missionaries to understand "the oppression that the entire indigenous population has been under for the last century".

She claimed that there's been a culture of judgment against aboriginals.

It hasn't been revealed which Christian organisation the group of elders want banned, but they've asked the Equal Opportunity Commissioner of Western Australia if they would be allowed to forbid it.

The commissioner, John Byrne, told the elders they would be able to, and that the religious group wouldn't be successful if it appealed the ban.

According to The Western Australian, he added that aboriginal communities "should be able to say who comes on their land".

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