In The Name of The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit. One God, Amen.
Does It Matter if Christians support or not support Same Sex Marriage?First let me make clear the following: Christians are NOT called to walk about to condemn others, and this blog is not written as an attack on individuals who may find themselves in the predicament of having homosexual orientation; for those, we pray and assure them of love an acceptance as human beings, but as we all struggle against sinfulness, the same is encouraged when it comes to a person who practices homosexuality as a way of life.
We all know that the topic of homosexuality is an old topic, we know that it was shunned down upon by Judaism and Christianity, Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament is an example of God's wrath on sin and in the New Testament we note St Paul's writings on the topic; of which some can be found in Romans 1 and in 1 Corinthians 6:
I Corinthians 6:9-10Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
But Homosexuality is just what one may be ... Isn't that the case???I suggest that you take the time to watch the following clips:
Some ask: "Well What would Jesus do?" ; I think we should first ask what would be Christ's position on homosexuality?
1. Christ is the one and same God of the Old Testament ... He said: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill" Matt 5:17
2. It is quite clear what He stood for, in regards to marriage:
"4 And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning "made them male and female,' 5 and said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." Matt 19:4-6
So What would Jesus do? ....exactly like every action he showed us in His incarnation, love the sinner and lead them out of sin....the evil doer who intends to defy Him; He warns with all AUTHORITY ...
"..but unless you repent you will all likewise perish" Matt 13:3
Certainly the Lord would not condone same sex marriage as it is clearly a sin, But would He appose it and rejected it? Well why don't you consider how He answered the Jews when they asked Him about Moses's position on divorce:
"7 They said to Him, "Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?"8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so." Matt 19:7-8
Ok ... what is so wrong about couples who seek civil same sex marriages?....PLEASE consider the following article:
21 Great Reasons to Keep Marriage As Is; and of course this has nothing to do with churches, why are churches involved???
Yes, there is a clear potential for same sex marriage to be imposed on churches, please consider the following article: Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church
Christians have a right to contribute to the
political debate, as the author Dr Samuel Gregg put it, in his book “Rendering unto Caesar” - "doctrinaire secularism fails, to understand the nature of the separation of Church and State, and is inherently self contradictory, for whilst intending to keep religion separate from the state, it actually promotes ‘a type of atheism as the unofficial state religion… [T]he secularist state insists that anyone contributing to political discussion or acting in the capacity of a state official ought to act as if there is no God. This is not a religiously neutral position." The Australian Constitution does not advocate this kind of secularism.
In these horrible days when Satan rages his war against humanity, blinding people and causing them to err - we have no other option, except to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, and ask for His mercy, and for His grace to cover us when we preach His Word in Love.
I raise my deepest concerns over the direction our society is heading; we have become careless about the most important fabric that holds our society together – I speak of the ‘Family Unit’ as it is naturally structured, with a husband, a wife and children, let alone the positive impact that the extended family unit might bring.
We have sold marriage cheap; instead of pumping resources into assisting young people to make the right choices, and equipping them with the right information and support, and upholding strongly the value of marriage; we for many years have socially declared war on marriage, we have allowed it to be socially unnecessary and publicized through the media that it can be easily broken.
We are marching to destroy our very existence, by raising a generation that are confused, vulnerable and searching for identity.
This is an exert from The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect – Report to Congress – Jan 2010 - Exec Summary - Page 12
Children living with their married biological parents universally had the lowest rate, whereas those living with a single parent who had a cohabiting partner in the household had the highest rate in all maltreatment categories. Compared to children living with married biological parents, those whose single parent had a live-in partner had more than 8 times the rate of maltreatment overall, over 10 times the rate of abuse, and nearly 8 times the rate of neglect.
I ask, how is this information considered by the policy makers?
The pioneering American anthropologist and social theorist, Lewis Henry Morgan warned, ‘should the monogamian family in the distant future fail to answer the requirements of society… it is impossible to predict the nature of its successor.’
Similarly, in his analysis of human cultures, the founder of sociology at Harvard, Pitirim Sorokin, argued that no society has ceased to honour the institution of marriage and survived.
And as the writer Maggie Gallagher contends, "Marriage is the place where we not only tolerate people having babies and rearing children, we positively welcome and encourage it… Same-sex marriage will be, in effect, a public and legal declaration by governments that children do not need mothers and fathers. That alternative family forms are not only just as good, they are just the same as a husband and wife bringing kids up together.’31 That is, the state’s interest in marriage is deeply connected to its interest in children.
Sadly the primary focus of most Same Sex Marriage proponents is on adults, not children. The family diversity crowd, since the dawn of the sexual revolution, have proclaimed a message that ‘adults have awesome intimacy needs that must be met. Family forms, social norms, household arrangements must be unwound and rewound so that the adults get what they need.’32 Kids on the other hand are flexible and adjust. The message of SSM is clear: Fathers are optional. Adults are fragile, and their emotional needs come first. Children are resilient. The social scientific data of the effects of SSM on children is inconclusive."
I say to the leaders of this nation please don’t let anybody twist your arms, or hijack your conscience … our children’s future is in your hands … and we are willing to contribute with you in building this great nation, based on evidence and facts… not on emotions and political power struggles.