First have a read of this:
I am a Uniting Church minister who has married people in traditional man-woman marriages, where I have had the couple wanting to end the marriage 2 days later. I have gay friends who, some of them, have been in committed relationships for decades, who are as committed to one another as my wife and I are. And I have young gay friends who long for the opportunity to publicly confirm their commitment to one another in marriage.
Marriage has not always been between a man and a woman. Sometimes it has been between many women and a man. Sometimes it has been between many men and a woman. And for those who have a literal view of scripture among some of the popular faiths, there are plenty of examples of marriage that would be illegal in Australia today.
Regarding a referendum, I might just say too, that at some point, politicians are surely to lead, not to follow. It doesn’t matter if the whole population of Australia were to believe that slavery was a good thing. I would expect politicians to legislate for what is right, not what is popular.
- Andrew Prior
- Western Sydney
- Date and time
- April 30, 2013, 10:55AM
I checked out Andrew Prior, he blogs, and yes he is what he says he is, a Uniting Church minister. A prominent one. A Christian minister who takes time out from his busy schedule to write to the Herald in favour of gay marriage.
The article he’s commenting on is by secular commentator Gerard Henderson. Henderson claims that ordinary people don’t want such a fundamental change to society imposed on them – government tampering with the meaning of marriage. He says the issue is so important, it deserves a plebiscite – let the people decide.
And our Christian minister, above, writes in to say, it doesn’t matter if people want gay marriage or not, they should have it forced on them because it’s right.
A rather extreme position, you might think! A little odd for a church leader?
I grew up in the Uniting Church, it is still dear to my heart. And it is dying.
I think it’s dying because since its creation in the 70s it has been infiltrated by people of minimal Christian faith, with radical social agendas. These people have not remained in the pews. They have captured the leadership. And they use the church platform to dignify and legitimate their own agendas.
The rank and file, who by and large do have Christian faith, are apparently powerless to prevent this – to prevent these people speaking in their name is if they represented their views. Speaking in Jesus’ name as if they represented his views.
In reality, the song sheet leaders such as Prior are singing from is straight out of the Greens Party. ‘Impose radical social experimentation on the masses – it’s good for them.’
Not all Uniting Church ministers are like this. But the extremists tend to be activist and gain a high profile. They determine the church’s public face.
Of course the question that arises is, can a church group maintain its existence under such leadership? Can it afford to have its energies diverted into these causes, which are apparently little connected to Christian faith or mission? It’s not as if future existence is guaranteed for any religious group. And Uniting Churches are closing down all over the place.
Jesus can look after himself. But I do feel for the poor helpless passengers on Uniting Church Airlines. They’re trusting their pilots, but it seems the plane’s been highjacked – who knows where it could end up? It very much looks like a nasty crash landing.