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From the Pastor

From the Pastor

In 2004 the Howard Federal Government amended the Marriage Act, and inserted a clarification. The new definition was “marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Apparently it took 15 minutes for that legislation to pass.

It’s now only 15 years later. In 2017 the act was changed again, to permit same sex unions. In 2019 Israel Falou writes a (second) post, quoting parts of 1 Corinthians 6. Gary Ablett likes the post, and is subsequently booed by thousands of supporters at the MCG.

There are many dimensions to this, Falou does not single out one sin. He references a wider list. He did also mention that we all sin, and that Jesus offers forgiveness. But many have subsequently suggested he should have emphasised this part of the biblical text more. Others have written on this aspect, and I have nothing new to add. 

Second, the public disdain for the non-conformist position alarms me. As I said, my personal view is that Falou’s post was unwise. But the booing of a third person for a like is alarming. The inability to be civil, respectful, and nuanced is concerning. For our part, Jesus calls us to love everyone, even our enemies.   

The part of all this that most captures my attention is the speed of change. In just 15 years – not even one generation – we go from passing a law that affirms traditional marriage, to publically shaming a respected and esteemed footballer for liking another person’s post. This is social change at warp speed. I get it when technological changes speed up. But social change is usually much slower, more incremental, dare I say less rash.

David Rietveld

Senior Pastor