I’m no proponent of “gay marriage”.
Having said this, what follows may surprise and even disappoint a few folk.
I have already reached the point whereby I am utterly wearied by the “gay marriage” debate. I don’t think there is an argument or counter-argument I haven’t read.
The Christian Interweb is absolutely awash with this issue, day in, day out, and yet I do wonder if the average pew sitter is as absorbed with this.
In terms of “gay marriage” I have now reached the point where I no longer feel strongly either way. I feel that there are more important issues, and if homosexual folk wish to marry civically, then so be it. As long as there are no legal challenges to force the church to solemnise these unions under “equality” legislation, then I won’t be losing any sleep over it.
I believe that the political will is now in place for “gay marriage” and I don’t think there is any stopping this momentum now.
Call me pessimistic if you will, but I believe this is a reality that Christians must face head on.
I feel that in some respects the church’s mission has been subverted into a cultural war that detracts from her true purpose; namely, the Kingdom. By this, I mean the kingdom not of this world, but of the one to come, and that indeed is already amongst us, and growing at a furious and unprecedented rate globally.
By this we should be encouraged, not despairing.
It is not the church’s mandate to impose a ‘regenerated’ morality on the heathen (I use this tongue in cheek), but to declare the wonder of our God.
I don’t believe that my reality, or that of many others, will change due to “gay marriage”. In fact, I think that most folk will carry on viewing the institution of marriage in exactly the same way as they always have. I don’t believe the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony will be affected in the slightest.
Regardless of the outcome of the consultation on “gay marriage” proposals, orthodox Christians will continue to view “gay marriage” as an oxymoron, irrespective of cultural shifts, or legislation.
I feel that getting sucked into the vortex of the cultural wars is exactly what those most opposed to the Church would wish for, and we play into their hands.
Sadly I believe that the relaxed attitude on divorce in some quarters of the Church has helped to precipitate the situation we now find ourselves in.
Perhaps it would be more appropriate for orthodox Christians to direct their ire at those liberal minded Christians that have publicly declared their support of gay marriage, and those clerics that will happily solemnise these unions, rather than at the government.
Whatever the outcome, we all still need to live together.
That’s just how I feel about it all right now.
My views may change.
Let me know your thoughts.