Rudd and Bonhoeffer: A Verse Comparison

A conversation with my girlfriend after the recent Australian election prompted her to suggest that I might write a poem about my disappointment with Kevin Rudd, a man who in the past has professed a Christian approach to politics that I have identified with. It isn’t exactly nuanced political commentary, but it was therapeutic to write!

Rudd and Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer died for his beliefs;
KRudd’s beliefs slowly died –
In good conscience, he said,
Though I don’t think he’s read
The books he should use as his guide.

For Bonhoeffer knew discipleship’s cost,
But Kevin 07 seems lost,
Taking selfies of shaving cuts
(We wish his mouth was shut) –
Not quite the cost of the Cross.

So all of this, then, is to say,
The Christian left has lost its way
If Rudd was our mascot.
I don’t think that we have got
Much of a cause to our name.

Published by Matthew Pullar

Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.

2 thoughts on “Rudd and Bonhoeffer: A Verse Comparison

  1. Perhaps by swapping from the Roman Catholic church to the Anglican church he was trying to cover all bases. You’re quite right though Matthew about not having much of a cause to our name if Rudd was our mascot. I think his foul-mouthed diatribe on youtube rather put paid to any idea of him being a Christian as did his anti-Christian rants on Q&A. I actually feel quite sorry for him because it appears he hasn’t been taught the truth at any church he’s been to.

    1. Thanks Lyn. I think you’re right in saying that he doesn’t seem to have been taught the truth. The things he said on Q&A suggested he did not really know what the Gospel is and was quite confused about what unconditional love means. It’s certainly more helpful to pray for him than to criticise him, something which I don’t think I’ve had the right balance with.

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