Salvation Army and gay marriage

I heard the Salvation Army (the Salvos), an Australian charity spoke out against gay marriage yesterday. I don’t know any more detail than that, as a work colleague mentioned it and I haven’t searched for the online news about it. My dad also published a post from his friend or something, so I guess it’s a hot topic, I think the PM didn’t back the formalization of gay marriage or whatever, the point is for me it’s bizarre that it’s even an issue.

As I said, I just don’t get why it’s a problem and to be honest, never really did. What if two men or two women want to get married, so what? How really am I or anyone else going to be negatively affected by that? There’s no convincing argument I personally can conceive as to why this is a problem for anyone. And if it is, the problem in my mind is not with the gay couple who want to profess their love and union for each other in a formal and public way, the problem is with those external people spending any time worrying about it or worse if they start acting on that worry, like apparently the people behind the Salvation Army, who are also a Christian organization, did.

Love is talked about all the time by Christians but it’s not as often demonstrated by the same people and organizations that talk about it. Case in point with this one, whether or not the Slavos do lots of charitable stuff, it still applies. Funny that Jesus in the bible brought the Pharisees, the priesthood of his time, up on similar things all the time – i.e. not demonstrating what they taught. There’s a word for that.

2 thoughts on “Salvation Army and gay marriage

  1. Amanda

    David I haven’t researched either but coming from a Christian background some Christians would feel that the creation account in Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible would be God’s intentions for humankind and he created men and women to be in pairs and to procreate and from that there is the feeling that marriage is a “sacrament” created only for men and women not for same sex couples. There are also specific instructions on what is deemed moral and right in Leviticus, which I undestand bans homosexuality. I imagine they probably wouldn’t have any objection to civil partnerships (which we have in the Uk) it’s th fact of asking for God’s blessing on the union that might be the problem. Also here in the UK where Anglicanism is still the state religion, would priests who have objections to same sex marriage be under an obligation to marry.

    As I was writing this I thought I should get my facts straight so here is a link to their policy.
    http://web.salvationarmy.org/ind%5Cwww_ind.nsf/vw-sublinks/80256E520050A2E280256CBA0028A203?openDocument

    “The Army recognises that same-sex friendships can be enriching, Christ-honouring relationships, bringing joy through mutual companionship and sharing. However, same-sex relationships which are genitally expressed are unacceptable according to the teaching of Scripture. Attempts to establish or promote such relationships as viable alternatives to heterosexually-based family life do not conform to God’s will for society.

    For this reason, and in obedience to the example of Jesus whose compassionate love was all-embracing, Salvationists seek to understand and sensitively to accept and help those of a homosexual disposition and those who express that disposition in sexual acts. Salvationists are opposed to the victimisation of persons on the grounds of sexual orientation and recognise the social and emotional stress and the loneliness borne by many who are homosexual.
    The Army regards the origins of a homosexual orientation as a mystery and does not regard a homosexual disposition as blameworthy in itself or rectifiable at will. Nevertheless, while we are not responsible for what we are, we are accountable for what we do; and homosexual conduct, like heterosexual conduct, is controllable and may be morally evaluated therefore in the light of scriptural teaching.”

    It’s an interesting question….did God create homosexuality?

    With Love

    Amanda.

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  2. David Wall Post author

    Consider a scale of what things bring about loving consequences and those that don’t. Down the bottom there’s likely a lot of things we’re responsible for, then there’s things like an abundance of variety that makes life interesting, makes us enjoy exploring, like a kid in a playground. Homosexuality is part of the variety of how the human soul can be expressed, and when 2 homosexuals have a loving relationship and they are committed to each other, well that’s great. For me, it’s good to see love expressed in many forms, shows the capacity of love in another way other than mine, which is, in my opinion a lesson about love – that it’s not rigid…. Wouldn’t God create into life things to help us understand about the abundance of love? I reckon so.

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