What would it be like to live with someone whose beliefs or practices are in direct conflict with your own?
VIDEO: Anglican minister David Ould, talks with Katrina Roe on Hope Mornings about his involvement in the first episode of Living with the Enemy.
That’s the premise behind the new SBS documentary series Living with the Enemy. Each episode explores a different subject currently dividing Australia.
In Episode 1, engaged couple and gay activists, Gregory and Michael share life with David Ould, an Anglican minister, husband and father-of-three.
While the title may be inflammatory, and David had some initial reservations about being involved, he now says he is confident the producers had good intentions.
‘When the production company came to us and talked about what they wanted to do, it became clear that they wanted to give a really good go at representing two sides of a story and we saw their personal commitment to it.
‘I’m sick and tired of bad discussions where all that happens is that I get called names, and nobody listens, but there was a real intent by them to get it right. And so we thought: Let’s do it.’
As part of the filming process, David took Michael and Gregory to Australia’s oldest church and preached a sermon about sex and Jesus. He also attended Michael and Gregory’s wedding in New Zealand and took part in a gay pride march, something he was initially hesitant about.
When asked what he learnt from the experience, David says he gained an appreciation for the hurt that gay people experience when they are excluded by others, including the church. He believes Christians need to be more sensitive in how they express their views on this difficult topic.
While David is not too concerned about how he will be portrayed in the program, he says that if he made mistakes, he is happy for other Christians to watch and learn from that.
Living with the Enemy originally screened on SBS 1.