Rumbling around the world, well, to be precise the Western world, is a debate about marriage, with special reference to 'same sex' or 'gay' marriage. Part of me would like to post at some length and with some detail my own thoughts on this debate. But right now, and for a few weeks to come, I have no time to engage in depth. Another part of me wants to have as little to do with the debate as possible. It seems to be a debate with a lot of potential for ad hominem remarks, for more heat than light. "What? You don't support gay marriage? Are you homophobic or what?" "You do support gay marriage? How can you call yourself a biblical Christian? The sooner the church separates itself off from heretics like you the better!"
For now I simply want to note a variety of posts currently being read around the traps, directly or indirectly related to the larger debate about marriage.
Here is Peter Collier (a local colleague in Christchurch) arguing a position on consistent following of the Old Testament laws by New Testament Christians in "What about shellfish?"
Actually, local colleagues feature prominently today. Fr Ron Smith takes us on his blog to an article about reported remarks by a German Archbishop which equate heterosexual relationships to same sex relationships (but note comment to post). Could the Roman view on such matters be Obama-like 'evolving'?
Bosco Peters posts a witty chart about biblical marriage.
David Ould (local in Down Under terms, as he resides in Sydney rather than Christchurch) keeps us up to date with the logic of the Bishop of Gippsland. Troubling brewing across the ditch between New South Wales and Victoria ... but, hey, what's new news about that :)
Finally, someone I have never met nor corresponded with, a well-known Kiwi media personality, Alison Mau tells folk to chill out re same-sex relationships. I note her views here because of her use of the word 'normal' in respect both of same sex relationships and families where children are being raised by same sex parents. What is 'normal' in respect of marriage and families? Who gets to decide what is 'normal'? These two questions sit within that larger debate about marriage which is rumbling round the Western world.
My questions flowing out of these posts? How do we understand the Bible on marriage and human sexuality? Can we find a univocal voice there? How do we treat people with respect and dignity as they make choices in life which might not be the choices we ourselves would make? What is collegiality and fellowship in God's church today?