Australia's Churches See Threat in New Same-Sex Marriage Law
Christian churches in Australia are calling for a Religious Freedom Act that would limit and override the anti-discrimination laws across their states and territories.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the proposed law would allow church-run organizations â€“ including schools and elderly care homes â€“ the right to hire and fire staff in accordance with their values. For example, those who don't want to associate with same-sex marriages wouldn't have to.
"Any religious organization would want to maintain its moral standards around family life and sexual conduct â€“ at least the right to do so," author Patrick Parkinson, a professor of law at the University of Sydney and a Freedom for Faith board member said....
In a nutshell, the thing that will be illegal when homosexuality is legal is Bible-believing Christianity, but none of this is surprising to the Bible believer. The Lord Jesus Christ likened the last days to that of Sodom and Gomorrah (Luke 17:28-30). And the apostle Paul prophesied:
â€śThis know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn awayâ€ť (2 Timothy 3:1-5). We are not surprised at the wickedness that is sweeping across the world, but it is our responsibility to take a stand for Godâ€™s Word until Jesus comes.
If we take freedom of speech and religion for granted and do not use it to proclaim Godâ€™s Word, we donâ€™t deserve it.
And no matter how evil the hour is, we must not despair. We have all of the glorious promises of a God that cannot lie.