As a husband and wife announced plans of a possible divorce to protest same-sex marriage, we’re one step closer to having ‘heard it all.’
If Australia allows same-sex couples to legally marry, a married heterosexual Christian couple says they’ll divorce, then live together to protest.
You might want to re-read that sentence a couple of times and let it sink it.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, (thank you Mika for the tip!) the couple, who lives in Canberra, has been happily married for more than 10 years. They have no intention of separating and they hope to have more kids.
But they’re so adamant that the legalization of same-sex marriage would undermine “our most sacred institution and have serious consequences for children who would grow up without a mother or father,” that they’d prefer to divorce.
Marriage at that point, they suggest, would be meaningless.
The husband works for an organization that offers scholarships “designed to develop a Christian worldview,” the Herald reports. He wrote an Op-Ed about their decision which was published in the Canberra City News:
My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples.
Interestingly enough, he also writes that the marriage of “any couple” is important to God, “regardless of whether that couple recognizes God’s involvement or authority in it.” Clearly, he should have qualified the statement to refer to heterosexuals.
It’s one thing to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage. I can certainly understand, from a Christian perspective, the notion that same-sex marriage would be a wrong step.
But let’s look at this situation — and this “protest” — logically for a moment.
From a Christian perspective, many people believe those who would have same-sex marriage legalized must be “far” from God in a “forgive them for they know not what they do” way. If their surmise that anyone who might support same-sex marriage doesn’t truly know God, they can’t truly be expected to appreciate the Scriptures.
On the other hand, those who do know God and call themselves Christians should be expected to uphold God’s laws.
And this is where we come to the logic problem of this ridiculous protest.
By getting a divorce just to make a point, they’re failing to follow God’s laws about divorce. Then, to get a divorce and live as husband and wife means they are committing adultery.
To defend this by claiming they no longer accept the government’s definition of marriage, but then to say that they still consider their marriage valid “in God’s eyes” is essentially warping Scriptures to their own desires.
Oddly enough, there are same-sex couples who are Christians and who are accused of warping Scriptures to their own desires when they make arguments — some of them worthy of consideration — that God wouldn’t have a problem with committed, monogamous same-sex unions.
But one of my favorite responses to the Op-Ed comes from a man named Trevor:
It takes a special kind of hypocrisy to spend your life fighting against the civil recognition of same-sex relationships, and then turn around and declare that actually, the civil recognition of your own relationship is of no value to you.
People wonder why a growing number of people seem to be hesitant to label themselves as Christian.
Foolishness like this certainly isn’t helping the situation.