Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gay marriage and the search for a clear Christian perspective

I have been working on this issue in my head for a while.
Australia, while not exactly at a crossroads, is certainly feeling the eagerness of the gay lobby to make gay marriage a point of public debate. As well it should be.

So if the essence of that debate is to hear both sides, I sure wich I had heard or could write down a coherent Christian perspective on it.

It's worth noting, should anyone read this, that the debate is not Gays vs. Christians.
No. Yet Christians seem the only group called on for their opposing view. (Right-wing conservatives are too but always seem to invoke God sooner or later.)

And for most Christians the idea of widening marriage to include same-sex couples is uncomfortable.

Now, I am just looking for a better explanation, from Christians, of why society should prohibit same sex couples from marrying, beyond the argument that it contravenes the Bible's family model and thereby makes us uncomfortable.

I am eager to get comments on this from Anyone.
Will post more later.
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1 comment:

Benjamin said...

They shouldn't. Pure and simple. I think Christians can have a say on who gets married in the church, but not who gets married. Gay marriage is an issue for Christians as much as porn, sex before marriage, violence in movies, or any of the 100000 other things they've chosen to take issue with over the past however many years, but I don't see Christians rallying to ban sex before marriage in parliament.

Gay people already won't walk into their local church for fear of a plethora of reactions from the members of a given congregation, Christians objecting to gay marriage only further alienates an already alienated demographic. I take more issue with those Christians who expect homosexuals to check their sins at the door than I do with homosexuality itself. Religious groups, although not a lone voice , are certainly the loudest in the anti-gay marriage crowd... I wish for once that I'd hear in the media that Christians are vocally objecting to the treatment of asylum seekers, or were taking a strong environmental stance. Instead of grace and compassion, we get fire and brimstone.