Christian-Types in United Kingdom Fighting Gay Marriage
British Prime Minister David Cameron, a member of the Conservative Party, met today with leading British clergymen and pleaded with them to play nice as he forces homosexual “marriage” on an unwilling public.
“I hope we won’t fall out too much over gay marriage,” said Mr. Cameron. This pathetic request is sort of like throwing food at someone and then saying, “Oh, the gravy brings out the color of your blouse so well!”
Mr. Cameron asserted that same-sex “marriage” would “change what happens in a register office, not what happens in a church.” In doing so, he insults homosexuals, whose “marriages” would be, apparently, merely matters of legal accounting, not of anything substantive. And he insults orthodox Christians, who understand too well that placing homosexual unions on the same plane as marriage not only sends a moral message that runs contrary to their convictions but also has legal ramifications that inevitably would affect the way a church operates. For example, could a church be compelled to provide benefits for an employee’s same-sex “husband” or ”wife?”
To his credit, Mr. Cameron agrees that the excesses of Britain’s increasingly aggressive secularism are extreme, and passed a law allowing city councils to hold prayers after a court had declared them unacceptable. ““The values of the Bible, the values of Christianity are the values that we need,” said the PM.
Well, good. But understand that the values of the Bible are not merely those enumerated by Mr. Cameron in today’s message to the religious leaders: ”compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love.” This is a helpful but incomplete list. Other biblical values include truth, moral courage, doing what is right in God’s sight, and loving our fellow men and women sufficiently not to acquiesce when they want to take society in the wrong direction.
The current Archbishop of Canterbury hasn’t helped the situation. As a headline in The Telegraph put it, “Rowan Williams’s authority goes up in smoke as he replies ‘Pass’ to a question about future gay bishops.” As a columnist wrote, “It’s inconceivable that Benedict XVI would produce the game-show reply ‘Pass’ to a question about sexual morality.”
Rev. Williams’ likely successor, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, accepts civil unions but is unequivocal regarding homosexual marriage. He strikes the proper Christian balance between compassion and conviction in the following statements: “Homosexual people are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.” Yet the Archbishop has also written that “Marriage in the UK, whether in Church or Register Office, is a pact between one man and one woman, for life.” As he put it in an interview:
Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are. We’ve seen dictators do it in different contexts and I don’t want to redefine very clear social structures that have been in existence for a long time and then overnight the state believes it could go in a particular way.
So much for Mr. Cameron’s “it’s only a matter of registration.” If Rev. Semantu becomes the next head of the Church of England, it will be interesting to see how he fares with the man he implied is a “dictator.”
As conservatives in the United States continue to stand against homosexual “marriage,” we can take heart in the example of those “across the pond” willing to take on their own government. Families in our own country deserve this kind of bravery and strength from those who profess to be our public servants and Christian leaders.
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