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Defining marriage

By August 16, 2015From The Heart

This week the redefining of marriage has been all over the news. It looks like it might be for some time to come as well. The important question for followers of Jesus is what does our Lord think? It’s often claimed that Jesus didn’t speak about this issue. It’s true that He didn’t speak about the idea of homosexual marriage. It’s a relatively new idea on the landscape (the last few decades), so no surprises there. But He did speak very clearly about the nature of marriage. In Mathew 19, when asked about divorce, He took the opportunity to re-state God’s definition of marriage, given in the first chapter of the bible. He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” This is right in line with our current definition in the Marriage Act, or rather the Act has followed this definition that has stood for millennia.

Following our survey last Sunday (thanks for participating) we have written to our Victorian federal MPs and Senators communicating our concerns. The results of the survey were that 93% are opposed to changing the definition of marriage and for 84% this issue is a vote-changer.

At the same time we need to be careful that we respond with compassion for those who struggle with same-sex attraction (or any other temptation, for that matter). We need to offer each other real support as we seek to live godly and pure lives for Jesus, whatever form our struggles take.

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