As we get nearer to the Government’s consultation on legalising gay marriage, now seems a good time to gather together recent articles on the subject in order to try to develop a grounded understanding.
Before I go any further, I want to say that I am not interested in drawing attention to homophobic propaganda or unconsidered rants on this topic. I understand that this is a very sensitive issue for many people in this country who hold strong views on this subject. As a Christian I am desperate to find God’s will for this but also to treat all people with love and respect whatever their viewpoint. Please pray that the Government’s planned course of action will not cause hatred and division in our society and that they will make the right decisions.
I personally do not support any change to the institution of marriage and if you agree with me then please visit the Coalition for Marriage’s website and sign the petition if you have not done so already.
Peter Ould on his website, An Exercise in Fundamental Orthodoxy, has written a series of articles on the moral and legal difficulties of same-sex marriage. Peter is particularly knowledgeable on this subject. He is a non-stipendiary Church of England priest and describes himself as post-gay. His website mainly focuses on about the inter-relation of sex, sexual identity, gender issues and conservative theology.
Probably the best place to start is to read his analysis of the four key points on the Coalition for Marriage’s website.
Dr Peter Saunders is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. He has been writing prolifically on this subject over the last few weeks on his blog. He has produced a summary page of his articles on same-sex marriage.
Archbishop Cranmer has written about a recent campaign against David Burrowes MP, parliamentary chairman of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, being carried out against him because of his support for traditional marriage.
For balance here is an article in the Guardian opposing the Coalition for Marriage’s stance.
At a time like this it can be easy to lose perspective on these matters. Some may perceive the current government agenda for same-sex marriage as another example of the persecution of the Christian faith in our country. Rt Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster has rejected claims that UK Christians are persecuted. In response to his remarks, Stuart James at eChurch has written an excellent post on why Christians should not see themselves as victims.
If you want to see what genuine victimisation of Christians looks like then please read about the plight of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani who is facing a death sentence for apostasy in Iran and then pray for him and his family.
Finally on a slightly different subject, Channel 4’s moral and ethics opinion show after the 7pm news, 4thought.tv, has been asking the question, “Do we still need religion?” There are some very well presented responses by Christians, including Lesley Pilkington whom I wrote about in a post on the 1st of February.