Contextualising the Bible on Marriage Equality

SI ExifQ: What does the Bible say about mixed race marriage, mixed class marriage and same sex marriage?

A: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28)

gaymarriageQ: Will there be “gay marriage” or “traditional marriage” in heaven?

A: “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30).
I am following the modern tradition of cherry picking verses to suit an agenda. Have you noticed that every verse quoted regarding homosexuality is actually referring to a specific religious practice which was associated with idol worship in the first century and that there is no condemnation against men cohabiting and loving one another as equals?

Have you noticed people who want to use the bible oppose marriage equality by citing verses that define marriage between a man and a woman and skipping the context that the marriages being referred to generally involved a man buying a young girl from her father without her involvement? Modern marriage bears scant resemblance to any aspect of first century marriage and most people would agree that society is better off for it.

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The verse I’ve quoted does, however, provide a principle which the verses taken out of context to condemn homosexuality do not do. The principle (one which the early baptists died in the thousands for daring to suggest) is that cultural distinctions of class, race and gender are social constructs which it is God’s plan to do away with. It is well in keeping with the original baptist philosophy that equality of all people is a goal to be strived toward and that if that means breaking down some outdated ideas about marriage definitions then so be it.

It is strange to see Baptists even suggest that homosexuals should take a vow of celibacy when the earliest Baptists were raiding convents and liberating cloistered nuns of their vows and their virginity in celebration of a new understanding of God’s word.

Perhaps it would be wise to examine the context of the verses you quote out of a love of telling people what they should do with their genitals before calling somebody else out on the context of the verses they use. Otherwise the measure you use to judge somebody else may be used to judge you also (Matthew 7:1-3).

Marriage equality is about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:23).


Gay Coffee

Gay CoffeeI’ve noticed coffee shops taking a lot of flack in regard to their relative positions on homosexuality lately. Coffee Club has been attacked by the Australian Christian Lobby because they advertise on a show that has reciently come out in favour of marriage equality. On the other team, Gloria Jeans has been getting a bit of heat for their support of Christian Fundamentalist groups, including Hillsong‘s ‘ex-gay therapies’ and our very own Australian Christian Lobby.

Hang on. Did I just say that Glo Jo sponsers ACL who are then attacking Coffee Club for their decision to buy advertising time on a gay friendly breakfast show? Yes I did. Thanks, glad I cleared that up.

Are Christians even watching Sunrise? Doesn’t Hillsong (another beneficiary of Glo Jo’s) have a show in in the same timeslot? Maybe it is a little bit earlier and on a different network. Sunday morning television isn’t really something I tend to pontificate over as a general rule. It is outside of my perview of weekly experence… until it starts trending online that is.

So why this battle of the overpriced coffee giants and their respective religious followings all of a sudden? Are church groups suddenly planning a boycott of the Coffee Club for their after church social events? Will Gloria Jean’s cease to be the place for sipping orange mochafrappachinos and being fabulous?

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Addressing some Common Arguments Against Gay Marriage

With increasing movement toward normalising homosexual monogamy by legal recognition of gay marriage, I have noticed certain desperation in the arguments for the opposition. My first instinct was to have a bit of a chuckle at the silly fundies, but I have begun to see some whom I would otherwise consider intelligent people spouting some of the most ridiculous reasons to block this move toward marriage equality. My goal in this post is to clarify some common objections and unpackage the assumptions made by these claims and try to understand how people can believe them… and hopefully set some minds at ease.

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