|Year 2013 - a time for liberty|
"The House of Lords has rejected an attempt by crossbencher Lord Dear to kill off the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by 390 votes to 148", BBC London 05 June 13
"Two men have become the first gay couple to wed in France, just days after President Francois Hollande signed the same-sex marriage bill into law", BBC London 29 May 13
Gay marriage is a radical love that transcends boundaries that is so prevalent in this world of gender, power, wealth, and social standings.
The time of liberty has come for the gay community in the Western world. It is ironic to discuss about liberty in the Christian sense in Singapore, when the biggest news here is about the serious corruption charges facing City Harvest church whose leaders may be deprived of much liberty if convicted.
The bible religious laws have been the issue for the mega church leaders, even though they don't follow the OT Jewish laws strictly themselves. When interviewed by Chelsea Clinton, the well known mega church pastor, Rick Warren argued "What do you expect a Christian pastor to answer -- I don't believe the Bible anymore?"
When we take away the liberty of the weak and defenceless in the name of Christ, often our own liberty is in danger. This is cheap grace, not the cheap grace that they preached in City Harvest of not adhering strictly to the bible laws. Law and Justice cannot be separated! for the purpose is to protect the weak and not to use the religious laws to persecute the weak.
The decision by the two powerful colonial masters, France and Birtian, to reach the inetivable conclusion of gay marriage, is a giant leap of faith for the basic rights of gays. After all, laws such as 377a in Singapore with her 2 year jail sentence for gays originates for mother England.
When the bell tolls for gay marriage in Britain, the waves would have reached the United States and then amplified across Asia to Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The Supreme Court in the US would be well aware of the developments in Europe and a changing public opinion as more gays come out of the closet.
It was a desperate attempt by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury to oppose gay marriage on a very weak grounds that it may somehow weakens straight marriages as if gay men will steal the husbands! The gay marriages will make the church looks irrelevant and silly at best and hypocritical at worst.
It seems odd that Canterbury should be talking about the sanctity of marriage when Prince Charles, the heir to the British Monarchy, and therefore the future Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England is a divorsee. If anything, we should defend marriage from straight people.
The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, Convenor of the Lords Spiritual sums up the impending defeat of the Anglicans to stop gay marriages - "Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales. It is now the duty and responsibility of the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords to recognise the implications of this decision and to join with other Members in the task of considering how this legislation can be put into better shape. ".
It's not gay marriage and adoption that is the problem or the issue but that the church itself is due for a re-make to make it to a better place.
The ban against gay marriages first started very soon after Christians took over Rome with the Christian Emperors Constantitus II issued laws in 342AD. It had existed prior.
The Christian Roman Empire of the 4th century is essentially today the 12 founding states of the European Union established in 1993 which is Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Out of the 12 founding states of the EU or virtually the former Roman Empire, 10 countries either have same sex marriage or civil unions.
The US is a new Europe of sorts, starting out as a British colony. As the US Supreme Court is widely expected to make the annoucement to reject Prop 8 hence legalizing gay marriage in California, the largest state in the US, or home to 1 out of 8 Americans, year 2013 will be a significant year for gay rights.
It was Christians who had banned gays and gay marriages after they took over Roman Empire, but now the scene is reversed and change is coming right from the very center of the European Union.
In Singapore, we have the 377a law in Singapore that makes gays illegal being pushed by Christians. We should be debating and clarifying their views and the blibical basis thereof.
We have a call to the mega churches, to help them not hate us. It is for the working out of their own salvation, of understanding the grace of God in-spite the harm they have caused. The put us in deep bondage and closet, but in doing so, they put themselves in the same closet long after gay marriages are legalized.
It's been so long, almost 1700 years that gays and gay marriage have been excluded from society due to Christians.
In the meantime, the strong walls of the western church has been torned down, the Gospel reduced to a general notion of spirituality and love on one hand, and on the other extreme, of power, maintenance of the church hierachal, prosperity and blessing here on earth. There is no power and signs of miracles in the church.
Surely, the marriage between the church and Jesus Christ seems to be on the rocks, for a bride that is not pure and white but seduced by her own intellect, humanism, self righteousness, and yearnings to be God Himself.
It is the Grace of God, the embrace of Jesus, that will bring the church back even though it has gone so far off. For the when the grace of God fills us anew each day in the daily mercies, we recognised our own dependence and frailty in Jesus whose name is grace, love, mercy, and our eternal hope.
They can take everything from us, but never give up our eternal Hope, for Jesus will see us through at the end.