The Marriage Debate and Christian Freedom

Sep 25, 2017 | articles | 1 comment

We are at a critical moment in the history of our nation. Our society has gone through enormous social upheaval over the past 50 years. We have experienced many changes that have profoundly affected our way of life in Australia. Forces within society have sought to change the way we view sexuality, marriage and family. The Christian approach to these questions has been steadily rejected.

A campaign is now being waged with great determination to change the legal definition of marriage. What humanity has understood for millennia is now being called into question. Ten years ago none of us could have imagined that we would be where we are today. And we have to ask ourselves where will we be in ten years’, or five years’, or even two years’ time? Changing the legal definition of marriage is not the end game but one step in a program to radically change the nature of our society, and in particular human relationships.

We Christians know that God created humanity in a wise and provident way. We know that man and a woman were created for each other and through marriage they become husband and wife, a union grounded in natural complementarity. We know that a father and a mother are best able to nurture a child. We know that each individual needs to know their full identity as being born of this man and this woman.

This is God’s good plan. This is God’s good, good plan. And for best results we should follow the Maker’s instruction.

 

Marriage Will Always Remain Marriage

Marriage is a God-given natural reality and not the creation of governments. Indeed governments have never sort to create the meaning of marriage but simply to surround this institution with protective laws and customs for the good of society. Any attempt to legislate to change our society’s understanding of marriage is not just opposed to our Christian faith, it will compromise the true nature of the human person; it will deny the truth of the biological complementarity of the male and female which provide the only way to generate new life.

Marriage is and will always be what it was in the beginning. Even if the legal definition is changed, marriage will always remain marriage, the union of a man and a woman.

If the Marriage Act is changed we will witness the imposition a false understanding of human sexuality on our children. This is already happening through the Safe Schools program in our state schools. Children are being taught radical programs on sexuality and gender without the knowledge or consent of their parents. If the definition of marriage is changed these efforts will move to a whole new level. Christian schools in particular will come under immense pressure to teach a form of sex education that they deeply know is false and damaging or risk losing their funding. We will all experience the pressure to comply.

 

The Risk To Religious Freedom

What is particularly at risk is the fundamental human right to freedom of religion. A right we always presumed to have, but now it is being taken away from us.

The Anti-discrimination Commissioner here in Tasmania considered that my action of promoting standard Christian belief about the nature of marriage was possibly in breach of the law. I was called to answer before the Commission. This occurred when the law stated that marriage was to be between a man and a woman. Already we are witnessing direct attacks on people who hold to the traditional understanding of marriage.  What will it be like if the law is changed?

There is clear evidence that anyone who publicly stands for traditional marriage will be targeted, as we saw in the case of the brave women who were featured in the Coalition for Marriage advertisement.

Already people are fearful for their jobs. They are frightened to say anything. We are being silenced by threat and intimidation.  How much worse can things become if the law is changed?

 

The Shaping Of Western Civilisation

Christianity has played a fundamental role in the development of Western Civilisation. Our political structures and many of the legal rights and protections we enjoy are the outcome of Christian ideals.

If the legal definition of marriage is changed Christians will have no protections as we go forward. Already there are voices saying that any exemptions we may be granted if the law is changed will be removed. Christians will have no certain and fixed protection under the law. The consequences for the Christian community will be significant and widespread.

Let us not be in any doubt, there is a powerful movement afoot to completely rewrite the meaning of sexuality, gender, marriage and family. This is becoming more and more evident. We instinctively know that this will be to the grave detriment of individuals, of families and of society as a whole. It is a bold and dangerous experiment which will do immense harm.

We cannot be silent. We cannot be cowered. We must speak up, not just for what we believe, but for the future of our nation that we love, for the soul of our nation, Australia.

Archbishop Julian Porteous

Why Marriage Is Sacred

WHY MARRIAGE IS SACRED, by Dr. Andrew Corbett
If you want to increase your chances of being happy, wealthy, and healthy, get married! This is not some random wishful sentiment. The evidence is clear- people who are married are far more likely to enjoy these blessings than either single people, or co-habiting (de-facto) couples, but especially more so than divorced people.

Time For A Fair Go

Time For A “Fair Go”, by Stephen Baxter
A core value, deep in the Australian psyche, is that of giving everyone a “fair go”! Born out of the struggles of our convict past, a “fair go” protests against injustice, is suspicious of authority, and flaunts a larrikinism mocking conventional forms. It is the advocacy of a level playing field for everyone, along with the opportunity to pursue fair endeavours. Although not everyone receives a “fair go”, Australia has developed a multi-cultural and multi-faith society and identity, that values difference and diversity as foundational to what it is to be Australian.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom Of Speech, by Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard Condie
Here is the “double-edged” sword of freedom of speech. We want Australian society to be a free society, where ideas can be freely exchanged. We especially want a society where ideas around faith and values, whether from our traditional Christians perspective, or from the newer religious philosophies or none, can be exchanged without fear of retribution.

Can Euthanasia Ever Be Dignified?

Euthanasia is acting upon the deliberate intention to prematurely end a person’s life. For this reason, it is also referred to as “Assisted Suicide”. There are two primary categories of Euthanasia and within each category there are two sub-categories. The primary category of euthanasia is distinguished as either (i) Active, or (ii) Passive. The sub-category is distinguished as either (i) Voluntary or (ii) Involuntary. Thus we have four general categories of euthanasia.

The Marriage Debate and Christian Freedom

We are at a critical moment in the history of our nation. Our society has gone through enormous social upheaval over the past 50 years. We have experienced many changes that have profoundly affected our way of life in Australia. Forces within society have sought to change the way we view sexuality, marriage and family. The Christian approach to these questions has been steadily rejected.

A campaign is now being waged with great determination to change the legal definition of marriage. What humanity has understood for millennia is now being called into question. Ten years ago none of us could have imagined that we would be where we are today. And we have to ask ourselves where will we be in ten years’, or five years’, or even two years’ time? Changing the legal definition of marriage is not the end game but one step in a program to radically change the nature of our society, and in particular human relationships.

Why We Should All Care About Our Liberties

Why should a Christian pastor care about free speech?  It’s got nothing to do with defending “my rights.”  I sent the following opinion piece to the newspaper… Last month, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner accepted a complaint against my church.  The allegations included things that I wrote on my blog in 2011 in defence of marriage. 

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