This week at the Synod meeting of the Sydney Anglican Church there was a lengthy discussion about the present debate on the redefinition of marriage.
During this discussion, we thanked the Archbishop’s Plebiscite Task Force for the work they had done in preparing a booklet to help educate people about the issue.
Whilst this booklet is still in draft format for review, it was reported on by the media, and its contents were quoted and discussed.
I am looking forward to distributing the final version of this booklet to you in the next few months.
But as a taste, here is a helpful section that tells us why that we are acting as good neighbours when we share the good and warn of the bad:
God’s plan for marriage brings positive things for children and society. Even for people who don’t believe marriage is a gift from God, the vast majority of Australians know that marriage brings good.
It’s not surprising that, if we abandon God’s good plan for marriage and define it another way, there will be consequences. And many of them may be negative. Christians have been way too silent on this. We can’t be good neighbours and stay silent on the damage that can be done if we change the meaning of marriage.
Because we’ve been largely silent until now, most Australians are simply unaware of the consequences of redefining marriage – the consequences for families and children, the consequences of removing gender difference from our societal structure and the consequences for freedom of speech.
Let’s look at those consequences and how we can talk about them with our neighbours – whether they’re believing people or not.
Let’s pray that this important discussion can be carried out with respect and love.
Let’s also pray that this discussion will glorify God and lead us to many gospel conversations.
This weekend Jodie will begin the second half of our series on the Old Testament book of Job from chapters 22 to 24 with the topic, ‘Mythbusting repentance.’
At both our services we will hear a mission update about Anglicare – our mission of the month.
During our service, we’ll have our weekly question and answer time, and our Senior Minister Jodie will be answering these questions:
Our 8am Sunday service will be a Morning Prayer Sunday service.
If you’re wanting to check out our church we’d really love you to visit us on Saturday at 5pm for a contemporary service with kids’ program and dinner afterwards, or come along on Sunday at 8am for a Prayer Book service.
If you can’t make it in person, you’re welcome to jump online to watch the service (with the same sermon and many other items) at www.oakflats.tv.