Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Miss USA, Gay marriage and British silence

Britain and the US are more culturally different than many imagine. Consider the readiness of Miss California to publicly say that she thinks marriage should be heterosexual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY-1cybT6p8

Many are arguing that this cost her the Miss USA crown. Whether or not it did, it was commendibly honest and bold. And an indictment surely to Bishops and Politicians here who privately are uncomfortable (to say the least) with the presumptive redefinition of the universal trans-historical definition of marriage, but who have been cowed into silence of fear of ruining their careers or reputations. Apparently one politician has admitted it is a subject you just do not question if you want to get on in your career.

Yet it is a subject that matters: Yesterday too, we heard that Britain is 24th out of 29 European states in the youth wellbeing table. Our kids are unhappy. They are more sexually promiscuous than in many coutries. And our families are falling apart.

This is no coincidence. It surely all stems from a lack of conviction about true marriage: its importance, its permanence, its responsibilities etc. And surely it won't be long until the moves to have gay sex and relationships taught as equally valid in schools, are successful.

So staying silent on marriage in general, and its redefinition in particular, is serious indeed. It impacts our children and our children's children. More than that, where pre-pubescent vulnerable and hormonally confused children may end up encouraged to experiment with gay and hetero sexual activity, is it too much to say that this silence becomes increasingly akin to remaining silent about child abuse?

Exodus 20v4-5 reads:
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
It is undeniable that sex and tolerance are idols of our age. In other words, they are given allegiance above all else - the allegiance that should be God's. Well we must be cautious about understanding and applying the hard words above. But it is arguable in the light of Romans 1v18-32, that our culture has been handed over to its sin because of this idolatry; and it is this current display of "God's wrath" that will impact future generations too.

How much then we need true repentance and returning to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.