Matthew 7:15 (NIV) states:
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
I was reading a news story about how a couple of pastors made submissions to the select committee reviewing the equal marriage bill in New Zealand. I wish I could have read or heard their complete submission as I suspect that what I’ve read was heavily edited. But what I did read was interesting in how ludicrous the arguments against same-sex marriage were.
Most of what they said is not new as we’ve heard it before but there were a couple of statements from one of the pastors that just floored me in their silliness. One comment was “If you crack an egg in half, you have two shells which can then come together and form one.” Huh? Even school children know the story of Humpty Dumpty who could not be put together again. Sorry, but once an egg shell is broken it stays broken.
Another comment was “A car is not a truck, they both have motors and wheels but they both have very different roles.” I’m scratching my head on this one too. I really wish I had the full transcript because I would have loved to read the explanation of this.
There were the old arguments about how allowing same-sex marriages would lead to allowing incestuous or polygamous ones. Homosexuality is not illegal in most, if not all, ‘western’ countries while incest and polygamy is so I can’t see the connection between them. It’s one of those arguments that defy logic.
Another statement was how marriage equality “lowers the prestige” of marriage. Yes, marriage does have prestige, I guess, and there is a huge industry devoted to this ritual. However, I don’t know what the divorce rate is in New Zealand but in Canada and the US somewhere around 50% of first marriages end in divorce. I can’t see how allowing all loving couples to marry will hurt its prestige more than the high divorce rate.
Really, if you use religion to argue against same-sex marriage you might be able to say is it’s a sin and against God’s will. However, this would be a matter of opinion as there are many learned Christians who could argue your points. From what I’ve read the majority of people in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand either approve of same-sex marriage or couldn’t care less.
So why are these religious ‘leaders’ speaking out? The simple answer is they are bigots. Here the expression “A wolf in sheep’s clothing” seems to apply as they seem to be using the Bible to justify their hatred of a group of people who have done nothing to them. They claim to be Christian but their words are dripping of hatred and I find this to be incredibly anti-Christian. A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Christ teaches us to love one another. Religious leaders who are speaking out against a bond of matrimony for two people who deeply love each other is so against the teachings and example of our Lord and Saviour. Jesus healed the Centurion’s lover using the power of God without saying a word of their relationship. I think I’d rather live up to this example than any other.