Whatever the result of the SSM vote today, far too many influential Christian leaders were silent on the issue. Letting the ACL, journalists, conservative politicians, and grass roots pro-traditional marriage groups carry the burden and face abysmal abuse.
Right off the bat, I know of ten, including Pastors, teachers and artists who remained alarmingly quiet during the national debate; five of whom hold prominent positions.
This communicates one of three things to Australian Christians as a whole.
The first, these ”shepherds” care more about their pay packet and position, and therefore silently agree with SSM.
The second, these “shepherds” are affable, eager to people please and compromise their faith, the bible, history, biology and healthy orthodox doctrine.
The third, these shepherds were too scared to speak out in support of protecting traditional marriage, and refused to participate in the debate.
I suspect the latter is more relevant than the former two. It doesn’t reflect well on the state of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and freedom of religion in Australia.
No matter what the result. That’s where our real lament should find itself today.
Even If a “No” vote wins, our collective lament today should be about the decline of truth and the downgrade of our freedom to speak it.
“For the shepherds have become stupid And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they have not prospered, And all their flock is scattered.” Jeremiah 10:21
“Many shepherds have ruined My vineyard, They have trampled down My field; They have made My pleasant field A desolate wilderness.” Jeremiah 12:10
My contributions to the Same-sex marriage debate in Australia can be found here:
Image: by underrated 19th Century artist, John Martin, Sodom & Gomorrah, 1852