With the British Prime Minister David Cameron determined to have same sex marriage by 2015 the debate is both fierce and emotional. The religious right are being called haters whilst the LGBT community are being accused of perversion and uncleaness. Why can’t marriage be left as it is, or why should marriage be exclusively a male female institution?
Back to Genesis
In the last post we talked about presuppositions, the background beliefs that influence how we process information. These presuppositions come from another set of beliefs that are called our ‘world view’. Our ‘world view’ is a set of beliefs that come from what we believe about the fundamental aspects of reality, and these beliefs influence everything we see, think, say and do.
Two world views
As a follower of Jesus the Messiah I have adopted a certain world view. I believe that God is the creator, that everything is for Him, I believe in good and evil, in truth and purpose. Because of these beliefs I make certain decisions about the nature of our reality. My foundational blueprint for life is the first few passages of Scripture that include the fall of man and paradise lost.
What has this to do with marriage?
When God had put the man and the woman together He said it was “very good”. From that I conclude that marriage was instituted by God and is for a man and a woman. To make it any different is to stray from the blueprint and therefore not “very good”.
Why do some people want marriage changed?
If someone believes in an accidental universe, the chance happening of life or whatever ‘world-view’ they happen to have, then they will see reality differently from me. They won’t consider marriage as God given or exclusive, they will consider it unfair that some can be married and some can’t. In fact they will see me as cruel and hateful for denying their desire to be ‘married’.
Worldview, a key to revival?
Today we have a generation that is brainwashed with the wrong history, they believe in spontaneous life from a spontaneous happening without purpose or planning. They believe they are simply over developed primates who decide for themselves what is good and what is evil. There is no knowledge of sin or the God of creation, so when someone talks of forgiveness or repentance it is foolishness to them.
Jews and Greeks
The message of the cross is a stumbling block to the Jewish mind, but it can be overcome; That is why we saw 3,000 converted on the day of Pentecost. The whole idea of a Saviour, the need for forgiveness and the truth of Scripture were a reality to them. All they needed was to turn to the one they had crucified.
“…but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,” 1 Corinthians 1:23
But what happened when Paul went to Athens? He shared the same message, but instead of 3,000 converts he was mocked by some, a few believed and some others wanted to know more. This was a very different response to Peter’s first sermon in Acts 2. The reason being that the Greek people had a very different world view from the Jews; they had a mixture of religion, superstition and evolution. Not that dissimilar from today. Paul’s remedy for their world view was to start His message with “God who made the world, and everything in it” before moving on to the preaching of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
In my opinion it is not good enough to damn the LGBT community for their strange demands. Yes, I have written to government saying that to abandon marriage is a huge mistake; but what these people want agrees with their world view. In my opinion we should love them, and pray that they come to realise that there is a God who created the universe and everything in it. When they come to terms with that they might want more, and perhaps turn to God and be rescued by His outrageous and bottomless grace.
Just over two hundred years ago most people in the west accepted Genesis as an account of our origins. Until, that is the church began its affair with the “Enlightenment”; from then on the rot set in. As the church abandoned its loyalty to Scripture, the universities followed, and then the education system began to teach a Godless world view; the result? We have a godless generation whose main purpose is pleasure, and who defines truth by how good it feels. The hard question is, is their world view their fault or the church’s?
Go well my friends 🙂