#1081 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 31 May 2015
Most Christians try to live faithful to their religious convictions and responsive to the changing world around them. When it comes to sexual diversity, this is profoundly challenging.
For many Australians the traditional Christian stance on sexuality and marriage is irredeemably unacceptable. The freedom to develop sexually intimate partnerships in a way that aligns with one’s sexual orientation is held by many to be a fundamental right, and any ethic that teaches otherwise is considered oppressive, unjust, and unloving.
At the same time, the church’s traditional stance on homosexuality, and opposition to same sex marriage, blocks many from wanting to explore the Christian faith. Churches have at times become unwelcome havens of bigotry when they should reflect love, grace and inclusiveness. Clearly, the church needs to model a better way.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a little more love, grace and inclusiveness expressed, and received, by both sides in the marriage wars?
Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.