Tears for a broken world
We are being inundated by the push for the change to the definition of marriage being between a man and woman. We could spend our lives trying to hold back the tide of moral decay. While this is a worthwhile cause, it is fraught with the danger of being pulled away from the heart of our message and the theological truth that what people really need is a change of heart that is found in and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is more than a knowledge of the historical Jesus, it is a spiritual birth of transformation into a living relationship with Jesus. This message should be accompanied with the actions of social justice and compassion, which flows from the heart of Jesus.
I have joined with religious leaders from around the country in writing to the Prime Minister making our case for the definition of marriage to stay the same and his response by letter to me was that he too holds that definition. Nevertheless we are aware that the pressure of politics may erode that position within his government. I will therefore still encourage our political leaders to stand firm on this important issue.
Out of this concern comes the question, where to from here if same sex marriage is approved? I don’t want to expound on this anymore than to say that we, the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia and the International Wesleyan Church, hold the biblical view that same sex marriages are outside the will of God, and therefore we will not allow or accept the officiating of such marriages within our Churches.
However, it is obvious that we are living in a broken world and we all bear the scars of that brokenness. I pray that our church will be moved by compassion not by anger. As Jesus said to the crowd about the women caught in sin, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” * (John 8:7b-11, NIV)
I don’t need to give you an exegesis of this passage, however I would ask that as we confront the brokenness of our world lets immerse ourselves in these words, that the heart of Jesus would become our heart, impacting all we do, say and think.
For His Glory
Rev. Rex E Rigby
The Handbook Item 109:7