The Bible has specific guidelines that allow divorce, but a Christian couple in Australia is planning to divorce if gay marriage is legalized in the country.
Nick and Sarah Jensen have been married for 10 years, but feel they must take this unusual stand against same-sex marriage, which they believe threatens heterosexual marriage and opens the possibility of legalized polygamy, notes The Sydney Morning Herald.
Nick, director of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute, which works to develop Christian leaders, wrote an op-ed about their possible divorce in the Canberra CityNews on June 10:
"You see, after our divorce, we’ll continue to live together, hopefully for another 50 years. And, God willing, we’ll have more children. We’ll also continue to refer to each other as 'husband' and 'wife' and consider ourselves married by the Church and before God.
"...Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s intimate story for human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And the marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognizes God’s involvement or authority in it.
"My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognize the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnization of same sex couples.
"...If our federal parliament votes to change the timeless and organic definition of marriage later on this year, it will have moved against the fundamental and foundational building block of Australian society and, indeed, human culture everywhere.
"Indeed, it raises a red flag when a government decides it is not content only having sovereignty over land, taxes and the military — but 'words' themselves.
"This is why we are willing to divorce. By changing the definition of marriage, 'marriage' will, in years to come, have an altogether different sense and purpose.
"...This has been a big decision for my wife and I. Some will accuse of us being bigoted or too hateful to share. But this couldn’t be further from our intentions.
"The truth is, 'marriage' is simply too important. It is a sacred institution, ordained by God. It has always been understood to be that exclusive relationship where one man and one woman become 'one flesh.' Any attempt to change the definition of marriage by law is not something in which we are able to partake."