The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Mr Roberts to Mr Cameron

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Dear Prime Minister,

Re: Same-sex marriage

You must be aware that there are many Christians in this country who are experiencing a variety of reactions to the proposal (or is it decision?) to permit same- sex marriage. Reactions include disbelief, that such a major change in the family and social structures of this country could go through without a serious debate about the issues, or at least get a mention in your party manifesto to put people ‘on notice’; disillusionment that political power is being used to override the sincerely held convictions of millions on a major issue; and disappointment at the way our very valid objections and questions are being sidestepped or met with contempt or abuse. . . .

Read the rest of Mostyn Robert’s thoughtful letter to the PM here.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 23 March 2012 at 12:24

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  1. Read your related Ref21 post and thought of this article, which I’d read hours earlier –
    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/12273/
    – the writer argues that the issue is imposed by a censorious elite, not something that’s emerged from a groundswell of democratic demand. Eg:

    The reason the gay-marriage issue can feel like it came from nowhere, and is now everywhere, is because it is an entirely top-down, elite-driven thing. The true driving force behind it is not any real or publicly manifested hunger amongst homosexual couples to get wed, far less a broader public appetite for the reform of the institution of marriage; rather it is the need of the political and media class for an issue through which to signify its values and advertise its superiority. Gay marriage is not a real issue – it is a cultural signifier, like wearing a pink ribbon to show you care about breast cancer.

    This analysis might well fit with what you’ve said on Ref21. As in, easier to perceive Problem X as a judgment if it’s something inflicted from the outside, rather than something everyone wants. (Although not to exclude the possibility that everyone wanting something could also be root rather than fruit of the problem.)

    cath

    Friday 23 March 2012 at 23:37

    • Thanks, Cath. An interesting and credible perspective, I think. My argument on Ref21 was essentially that the pressure for this is an indication not of a future problem, but of a past one: the rebellious abandonment of God and of his law. I wonder to what extent you could try to tie together the sources of these pressures? I think that there are some interesting volumes that would suggest that the same ‘elites’ (I do like the way this enables us to say that someone else is responsible!) are driving both agendas.

      Jeremy Walker

      Saturday 24 March 2012 at 08:18

  2. Francis Schaeffer, with his knowledge of trends both in Europe and the U.S., said before his death that he thought one of the biggest (that is, growing) threats to Christian culture in the West was Statism: the “top down” view that the State is the last best source for decision making in the public interest. This is particularly so in the U.S. where, statistics show, the populace is far more “religious” than the leadership, which is almost uniformly secular in outlook and governance. Peter Berger, a well-known sociologist, characterized the U.S. as “a nation of Indians (East India — a very religious country) governed by an elite of Swedes (atheists).” It isn’t that the religious populace doesn’t care about what is being imposed, it is that they don’t care enough — they are primarily engaged in either intramural squabbles or looking for personal miracles or heavily involved in the executive management of large church or para-church organizations. Additionally, the interest of (many) religious groups to be seen by society (and the elites) as not being bigots or neanderthals or xenophobes further mutes their opposition to “bringing up talking points” rather than out-right opposition to State imposed sanctioning of ungodliness. The U.S. last weekend had a “celebration of reason” among some in the military that was for those who did not believe in a God or god. When a country takes a formal public posture celebrating its rebellion against God, it is a chilling feeling and brings a sense of genuine grief.

    Carson

    Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 17:50


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