We have become accustomed to gay rights taking precedence over the right to express the Christian faith. Whether you are a counsellor like Gary McFarlane, or Christian hoteliers like Peter and Hazelmary Bull, or a registrar like Lilian Ladele, you will find that the law no longer upholds the Christian faith when it runs up against the new legal steamroller of homosexual equality.
But now gay rights is about to over-rule reality. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone MP announced in the safety of the Liberal Democrat 2011 annual conference that pairs of homosexuals will be able to enter into a marriage. A consultation on the mechanics but not the principle will begin in March 2012. The proviso that they will only be able to ‘marry’ at a registry office and not in church is carefully designed to silence opposition from the mainstream denominations – and also from Muslims.
Christians must still oppose this measure and point out the enormity of what is being done. Human Society has understood marriage to be the union of a man and a woman for 6,000 years. With the exception of the decadent West, it is still understood like that all over the world. What the Government is proposing is a seismic shift in the definition of marriage.
It is easy enough to demonstrate the absurdities of the idea. Are two men both going to be ‘bridegrooms’? Lesbian couples often call each other ‘brides’ as in ‘the brides wore matching dresses’ or ‘one of the brides wore a dress and the other a tuxedo.’ We recently reported on two of the more ludicrous recent civil partnerships. And when they are married, will one call him/her-self the ‘husband’ and describe the other as his / her wife? Or will they both be ‘husbands’ or both ‘wives’? Or will they risk an epidemic of nausea by each pretending to be ‘the spouse’ of the other?
Are the Government seriously expecting these sham marriages to be recognised as the real thing when the parties travel overseas? And what of civil partnerships? Are they to be abandoned or retained?
The deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg wrote: “I support gay marriage. Love is the same, straight or gay, so the civil institution should be the same, too. All couples should be able to make that commitment to one another.”
But love is not the same, Nick. The love you have for your wife is expressed sexually. The love you have for your brothers and sisters is not. Homosexuals eroticise a love which should be platonic. This is usually because of unmet needs in childhood, by a lack of affirmation from the parent of the same sex as a man or as a woman. It is not pathological to be emotionally a nine-year old at the age of nine. It is at the age of twenty-nine.
Homosexuals need understanding, and they need healing for the underlying pathologies. That healing may come from the psychiatric profession, but now that most of them have gone like dead fish with the politically-correct flow, the gap should be filled by the Church, ministering the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ. However someone became gay, they do not have to stay gay. That is a choice.
Where this is headed is anyone’s guess. Nine years ago, 41% of Scots agreed with gay marriage. That displays a shocking enough lack of connection with the reality of life.
But today, after just five years of civil partnerships being conducted in the UK, including in Scotland, that figure has risen to 61% in favour. If public opinion can be swayed like that by a new law combined with the preaching of politicians and the media, how long will it be until all but a remnant in Scotland, and in the UK for that matter, are in favour of enshrining in law what God describes as an abomination and of overturning the natural created order? On a dispassionate reading, Sodom was like that. And can a Sodom-esque clamp-down on the freedom of speech of those who disagree be far behind?
The Lord Jesus Christ said (in Mark 10:6-8) that from the beginning of the creation God made us male and female and that is why a man leaves his father and mother to cleave to his wife.
So (1) Jesus believed in creation not in evolution,
(2) He spoke of some kind of marital ceremony in which the wider society is approvingly involved and
(3) He then said ‘they twain shall be one flesh’ and reinforced the point ‘so then they are no more twain, but one flesh’.
And being one flesh is something a pair of homosexuals, two men or two women, can never be. Between them they physically lack the complementary parts of the body necessary for that God-ordained one-flesh union, and their lack of physical complementarity speaks of a lack of emotional compatibility as well. The author and physician David Reuben said ‘homosexuals are trying to solve the puzzle with only half the pieces.’
Given that a marriage has to be consumated to be valid in law, how are two people who do not possess between them the full set of parts of the anatomy necessary for such an act supposed to do that? Or will that requirement be thrown away?
None of these arguments will make any difference to the Governments’ gay rights juggernaut. Facts don’t matter in a post-modern society. But Christians have the right, indeed the duty, to witness to the truth in season and out of season, (and it is very much out of season right now).
READ: Gen 2:23-24, 19:1-25 (see esp v19); Isaiah 1:9; Mark 10:6-8; Romans 1:24-27; I Cor 6:9-11; Rev 22:14-15.
PRAY: For this nation to wake up and come to its senses. For righteousness in the Queen’s ministers or for them to be replaced with men after God’s heart. For compassion and healing for those suffering from same-sex attraction. We have no power or might against the forces of the gay rights lobby in government and the media, but our eyes are on the Lord of heaven and earth who can send a miracle to a praying, believing, active people.
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