There is an old saying that: “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist”. Someone views themselves as a patriot while others see them as a dangerous zealot. We live in a culture that is placing an increasingly high value on being “politically correct”. The call to avoid discrimination can blur the lines between what is right and wrong from a biblical perspective.
My heart’s passion is to change the hearts of Australians through encounters with the spiritually dynamic and transformative Christianity we experience. I long for the ordinary Aussie battler, the spiritually aware Aussie, the multi-cultural Aussie, the sports fanatic Aussie….to come alive to the spiritually vibrant and empowered relationship that Jesus has always offered. Consequently I am hesitant to allow others to marginalise me as an “irrelevant religious bigot” by commenting on what I believe is a significant social issue, that is, the definition of marriage.
As a biblically based spiritual person, I have only one place to stand when it comes to the definition of marriage. The bible defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. My commitment to this definition does not cause me to devalue the relationship a same-sex couple may find together. My commitment to the biblical definition does not result in me judging gay or lesbian relationships. What I cannot agree with is that these relationships can be defined as marriage. I would never argue against people discovering love and a life-long union with someone of the same sex, but I cannot call it marriage because my definition is based on the union of a man and a woman.
As I believe the maintenance of this definition is important to God then I am prepared to ask the delegates to the 2011 Labor National conference to not adopt a policy to change the way our society defines marriage. I have signed the petition to this effect on the Australian Christian Lobby website. Would you consider doing the same by the end of November? Visit the website and come to your own conclusions.
Until next time may you continue to be blessed with God’s favour and life.