#1104 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 26 July 2015 In the debate on marriage reform, one recent contribution especially caught my eye, an article by the pastor of Melbourne’s Bayside Church, Rob Buckingham, who says while the current legal definition of marriage reflects the biblical teaching, the church doesn’t own marriage. He says:
Predictions of the downfall of heterosexual marriages if same-sex marriage is introduced are nothing short of ridiculous… What does [the biblical command to ] ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ look like when that neighbour is gay or lesbian, transgender, bisexual or intersex? Christian compassion must lead us to see what life is like in someone else’s shoes.
Rob Buckingham says:
Christians and the straight community haven’t done a great job at looking after “Biblical” marriage… If same-sex marriage is legalised [he says he hopes] gay and lesbian people will do a better job managing its responsibilities than many straight couples have done.
A challenge to us all. I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.