This little post is about to make a small point that some are failing to see.
I felt compelled to write this article in the hope that it might start to shift the attitude and move some folk towards a more understanding viewpoint.
For those not aware, the general assembly of the United Reformed Church voted last year to leave the decision about equal marriage to the individual churches within the denomination, and instructed them that a decision should be reached by the church meeting as to whether they wanted to register the premises for the celebration of same-sex marriage ceremonies.
My church is now in the process of making the decision and I want to make a point.
Many young people and those who are au fait with LGBT politics and etiquette are not in the habit of referring to such ceremonies as “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage”, on the whole they would much rather refer to this fight as “Equal Marriage”. Many nowadays are starting to move away from stigmatising the situation with the terms mentioned and many have stopped making sweeping statements about the community as they realise that we are just like them.
But is this fair?
It is great news that many are now starting to see that all the LGBT community wants is a level of equality. But is equality really fair? I don’t think so. In some respects, the community has come on leaps and bounds in terms of equality, recognition and awareness but I feel that there is still a little more to be done for the community.
My point is this; should we be more interested in equality or justice? Justice for the community would be having equal marriage for some Christians who want to make a promise to each other, in front of their God. At the end of the day, not every church in the world is ever going to get anywhere near having equality and justice for the LGBT community but those that have the opportunity to ought to embrace that they are able to celebrate with their LGBT siblings.
This is not about whether individuals would be willing to take part in the ceremonies but more about letting those with pastoral and spiritual need being able to make a commitment to each other for the rest of their lives and go forward in life with God’s blessing to live a life of happiness, love and grace together.
I’d like to leave you with a small cartoon that reflects my point in what it has to say. I claim no artistic authorship of this cartoon, it merely helps me.