Are you despairing of the growing attempts by the LGBTQI community to colonise our minds with this notion that gender is not male and female but an amorphous solution of possibilities?
‘We just want to redefine marriage and we’ll be happy’
But next it’s ‘let us redefine sex and gender education in primary school so that kids accept there is no such thing as male and female'.
Plus, it’s ‘Don’t call my child a ‘he’…let ‘it’ be who it will be...’
Sounds presumptuously ‘god’ like…
‘Let’s become like God, knowing good and evil; let us decide what order is…and it’s not male and female he made them…’ (Gen 1:26)
Doesn’t marriage redefinition seem like such an aggressive and blatant attempt to overturn God’s order?
We may even feel our societies have reached the point of no return and are surely stacking on wood ready for God’s judgement.
Those who oppose will be shouted down and ridiculed for making it sound like the sky is falling.
“You will not surely die”, they say.
“The sky will not fall in…”
Or are they right?
Is this anything new under the sun?
Perhaps we’ve been sleeping? Perhaps we just got use to the bath water temperature being gradually increased.
And if so, has anything really changed that much while we’ve been sleeping?
I saw recently that author, Christos Tsiolkos’ who wrote ‘The Slap’, has a book of short stories about gender and gay issues that are being turned into a play. The cast, I read are enjoying preparing his work for the stage, and find immense justification in doing so:
“We have a real focus on exploring sex and gender in really transgressive ways”. The aim being not just to tell the stories but “make it clear that it’s not something to be ashamed of and that in fact it’s what makes us entirely human”.
Hear that? Transgressive = Good.
Well that's not new. When was the last time you purchased an magnum 'ego' icecream or a piece of 'mortal sin' cake? Tasted pretty good right?
But did you also note that by making something into art, whether it be a story or a movie, we justify our rejection of God.
While we were sleeping
But is this overturning of God’s good order in marriage any different to what’s been going on in front of our eyes for decades?
Hollywood and the arts are full of directors, story tellers, actors, producers making movies and plays to justify their lives. Think Woody Allen. Doesn’t have to be about sex. Could be greed, theft, lust, lies. They project stuff onto us that we applaud because it justifies some part of our rebellion and shame as well. This is where we live, this is who we are, this is the humanity we know. A sinful one. Let’s sit and celebrate it with popcorn and a choc top.
Listen to the words of Scripture from Romans:
ESV Romans 1:28-29 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips…
And the list goes on.
We all suffer temptations and transgress God’s good order in all areas of life to lesser or more degrees.
But it doesn’t make it less shameful or right.
Christians are no exception
Let’s be honest. Preachers do it too.
We can avoid texts that we find uncomfortable, that point out our faults.
We can thump out texts that suit our prejudice
We can use texts to justify our actions that are no more than selfish ambition or a coercive abuse of power.
We can use our ‘art’ and the Bible's 'stories’ to justify our human flaws.
Now controversially, this is also where that classic passage any post-modern person cringes when they hear:
ESV Romans 1:26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Our little towers of Babel
In projecting our flawed humanity through art whether it be preaching, a play, a movie or your favourite song, we justify it, we build a tower of acceptability. This, we proudly say is our ‘humanity’. It’s our humanity against God, ignoring God. Like the tower of Babel in Genesis 11, together we band, build and celebrate our sin. We storm heaven and attempt to remove God’s prying eyes and condemnation. If we can paint our shame big enough it might just sound Ok; we might be able to paint our shame into a corner and make it go away.
It’s just as the letter of Paul’s to the Romans said:
‘our consciences now justifying, even defending ourselves’ Romans 2:15
The other night on Australia’s QandA (ABC TV) the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney participated with other panelists (including Magda from Kath and Kim) in what was meant to be an ‘unheated discussion’ of the ‘No’ position on Marriage redefinition. It seems relatively clear that there will be a loss to freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of belief should marriage be redefined to include same sex couples in Australia. What became evident to me last night was that while the ‘No’ campaign might accept the democratic process and accept marriage redefinition, should the “Yes” vote succeed, there’s unlikely to be the same acceptance and generosity on the part of the LGBT community. Further, it won’t end with marriage redefinition if it does succeed. The ‘Yes’ campaigners will try to inflict their worldview on as many spheres as possible, all the while deriding the right for Christians, Jews, Muslims or anyone who differs and wishes to preserve this ancient tradition. That’s irony for you.
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