#1150 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 8 November 2015
Writing in the current issue of Presbyterian Pulse, Former Principal of Sydney Missionary and Bible College, the Reverend David Cook, confronted calls for the church to give up its principled opposition to the legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia.
“Why should the church be involved in the debates about the question of same sex marriage?” Reverend Cook asked.
Because we are called to be responsible citizens, we know that law shapes culture and affects belief and behaviour. The way we define marriage, as being between a man and a woman, or between any two people, will have a profound effect upon our culture …
The legalisation of same gender marriage has led to religious freedom being curbed. Those who are conscience-bound not to participate in same sex marriage are seen to be bigoted, homophobic and discriminatory.
He called on Christians to think clearly, faithfully and lovingly as they responded to the challenge.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.