Perhaps you know about the current inquiry into the Same Sex Marriage Legislation in NSW. Perhaps you don’t.
I was talking with some friends about this very issue last night, and it is complex. It is not my intention to outline a proper way of thinking about this, or even to share with you my extensive thoughts on the issue. Suffice to say that I think it is messy and emotive, and just plain hard.
But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to say. The beautiful thing about Christian Ethics is that it is possible to recognise the good things in other people’s ways of understanding the world. For example, the longing to be in a committed monogamous relationship is good, and to bring children into the world and raise them to be decent human beings is an important and valuable task. However, these things do not alone distinguish what is good and right. So many of these good things have been distorted by sin and selfishness. And so my questions must become: how can I uphold God’s truth in a way that is kind and loving? How can I show that I too am a sinner, not able to lord anything over anyone?
I don’t know what you think about the issue of same-sex marriage, but I do know that the NSW Government wants to know! So why don’t you visit this website: https://submissions.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/web/submissions.nsf/Submission?OpenForm&ParentUNID=84503C05721C0753CA257AFE00047448&House=LC and let them know. Maybe you think it won’t change anything. And maybe you’re right. But maybe, just maybe you’re wrong.
Perhaps our Government offers us the chance to make submissions to their inquiries because they want to take the people’s opinion into account when developing legislation that affects us.
Perhaps it will change nothing. But it could change everything.