29 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no-one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mr 10:29-31).
I came across this great article by my friend Mark Powell about the flow on effect of changing the definition of marriage.
The Yes campaigners said it was simply about marriage and nothing more. The Yes campaigners kept saying it has nothing to do with the Safe Schools Programs and their questionable gender theories. They kept saying that religious freedom would be protected. Now that marriage has been redefined and set in law the truth is out and the slippery slope has begun and we are sliding down it without any brakes.
Given that SSM is not how things have been created by God the consequences to marriage, to family and society will soon show its sad face. How do we respond? My own reflections for what they are worth.
a. With confidence in God because He is still in control and his purposes have never ever been thwarted.
b. With graciousness and love in dealing with those who will attack us and try to bully us into silence and submission.
c. With open arms to embrace the refugees of this new crazy gender mixed up world.
d. With great humility because we are sinners like everyone else.
e. With great great courage because this is the time when we need to take more seriously the words of our Lord Jesus.
Like Luther, who was called to recant his views on salvation, scripture etc on pain of death, responded with these now famous words “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen..”, I think a time will come very quickly when we will need to do likewise. When this happens we need to be prepared to give an account of what we believe and why and to be ready to accept the consequences come what may. This may cost us our jobs, as has happened in other parts of the world, but if this the cost of following Christ then it is a cost we will have to bear.
Anyway some reflections for what they are worth.