Following Jesus’ example
Thank you for publishing my letter, which explained that the biblical and hence Christian view of marriage, infers that it is always between a man and a woman. So while I support the “No” case on biblical grounds, my reading of “Yes ministered” by Mike Seccombe (September 9-15) makes it clear that some others advocating the “No” case are manipulating stories of “persecution” to scare others to support their argument. By doing so, they are not being loyal to either the Bible’s or Christ’s teaching. In my view, biblical teaching and commands are addressed to the believer, and the believer is told to respect authority and the laws set down by the civil government, unless they contravene the laws of God. Our marriage laws are for secular union, not Christian. If the public votes to change the present definition, Christians can still be legally married in the eyes of the state without contravening God’s law. They can then, if they choose, be married in the presence and with the blessing of the God they worship in the company of fellow believers. In the debate going on at present, we as Christians must remember our hearts are being changed by our love of Jesus; He has given us a desire and command to love and respect all people, including those whose views and convictions differ from ours, and we should at all times seek to live like that.
– Antony Ault, Rose Bay, Tas