Christians and Same-Sex Marriage

The issue of redefining marriage has proved such a thorny and contentious one, and there is much heat around it with people from all sides feeling passionate about different issues. Since the Government has decided to fulfil its election promise to hold a plebiscite on redefining marriage, what follows are my thoughts about how we prayerfully and intentionally live as followers of Jesus as we discuss and debate the issues. If you would like to discuss your thoughts on these issues, please do!

Ten Commandments for Christians regarding the public discussion on redefining marriage in the upcoming Plebiscite (and pretty much discussing everything else)

  1. At every chance, promote peace, compassion, civility and cohesion (remember Jesus: “Blessed are the peacemakers”) 
  2. Listen more than you speak (remember James, the brother of Jesus: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak”) 
  3. In a democracy everyone is free to share their views, but do so with respect and love (remember the Apostle Paul: “Speak the truth in love”)
  4. Do not demonise or inhumanly objectify other Christians who have a different view to your own (remember Jesus: “Love one another”)
  5. Never vilify, hate, belittle, abuse, scorn or condemn other people (remember Jesus: “Do not judge…Do not condemn”)
  6. Speak and act as though EVERY person – regardless of sexuality, politics or ideology – is of infinite worth, is intrinsically precious and made in the image of God (remember Psalm 8: “God has made humans a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour”)
  7. Do not retaliate if you are vilified, hated, belittled, abused, scorned or condemned (remember Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”)
  8. God is the ultimate wise and good judge, not you (remember the Apostle Paul: “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?”)
  9. Scrutinise the goodness and love of your own life before you try to sort others out (remember Jesus: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”)
  10. Whatever the result of the Plebiscite, we are called to continue God’s work of loving our neighbour, helping the poor, the disabled, the elderly, refugees and the sick, eradicating disease and hunger, caring for our environment, serving others, working for world peace, creating beautiful art, showing gracious hospitality and sharing the life-transforming gospel message of God’s love in Jesus Christ (remember Jesus: “take up your cross and follow me”)

Nicholas Tuohy

(I posted this on my Facebook profile last week and it has currently had around 750 likes and shares, which shows it struck a chord with people.)

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