At the beginning of June, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten introduced a new bill (law) to parliament. All he wants to do is change a few words in the definition of marriage, but these little words will completely redefine marriage and ultimately family. He proposes to change the words ‘man and woman’ and ‘husband and wife’ and replace them with simply ‘two people’. This legalizes the marriage of two men or two women. Parliament will debate these changes in the coming weeks and months, then vote on it.
In Genesis 19, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with burning sulphur. Do you
know what one of their primary faults was? Homosexuality. In Romans 1:18-32,
Paul writes of God’s wrath against the “unnatural relations” of those who
It is obvious that God hates it, but few people in our society care what God
thinks, so we have to use different arguments to convince them.
Most significantly, we have to consider the innocent children who will be
caught up in this. It is a proven fact that children flourish best when living
with a married mum and dad. John Howard called traditional families (one man and one woman married to each other) “the greatest social welfare system the world has ever devised.” In fact, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child declares that every child deserves to "as far as possible... know and be cared for by his or her parents." God didn’t design two men or two women to create children, so they have
to use other options like surrogacy if they want children. Inevitably, these
children will be separated from either biological mother or father.
If you need proof that missing a mum or a dad is harmful and hurtful, it’s
not hard to find children raised by same-gender parents who are now telling the
world that the child filled the need for their “parents” to have children, rather
than their two mums or two dads filling the child's needs for one mum and one dad. (See here and here for just a few examples.)
Further, other countries where same-gender marriage is legal clearly show
that it limits freedom of speech and religion for those who oppose it. A florist, bakers, and a couple providing wedding facilities are just a few of those who have been severely penalized for their convictions. The
same things will happen in Australia unless we take action.
Advocates are calling for this new bill to bring in marriage equality, but
two men or two women will only ever make a marriage in name alone, since marriage in its essence is, and always will be, the union of one man and one woman.
Here’s where we can help: The Australian Christian Lobby is asking anyone
who cares to send a brief email to their MP reminding them why we oppose
changing the definition of marriage. The process is very simple and easy, so
please, please take a moment to preserve this fundamental part of society.
This article is another very clear and succinct resource!