This is the common divide that is drawn in Australia today. Your view on same-sex marriage simply reflects your acceptance (or not) of people who are same-sex attracted.
But of course, it’s just not true.
There are people who are same-sex attracted who don’t advocate for gay marriage. So where does this fit into the narrative?
As this video explains, the more important consideration is: What you believe marriage is.
What’s the difference between exercising and not exercising?
Increased heart rate.
Your heart rate is a great indicator of the presence (or absence) of exertion. If you put on the lycra and walk out the front door to exercise but your heart rate doesn’t rise, you might look the part, but you’re not actually exercising.
I don’t enjoy the burning sensation in my legs as I struggle to finish my short time on the exercise bike, or the ache in my arms that begins far too quickly as I get started on a set of push ups. It’s uncomfortable and when the pain levels rise (far too quickly) I’m tempted to give in and return to eating chocolate on the couch.
But at the same time, I love the discomfort. It’s a welcome sign that I’m on the right track. It is evidence that not only do I look the part – I’m actually exerting myself and on the path to increased fitness. As much as I may not like it, in the back of my mind I’m reassured as I remember “It’s meant to feel like this.”
As I traveled with Open Doors and met with persecuted Christians in Iraq earlier this year – family after family who had suffered greatly as a consequence of their faith in Jesus – I remember thinking:
“This is what the Christian life is meant to look like. This is what we’re meant to expect.”
If you are an Australian man aged 15-44 years, you are more likely (by far) to die from suicide than any other cause (see Reference #1 at end of article).
It’s a concerning statistic – as is the fact that 80% of all suicides in Australia are committed by men (Ref #2).
Men are also twice as likely to have a substance abuse disorder (Ref #3), and will be the absent parent in 81% of homes where children live in single parent households (Ref #4).
This is an unsettling picture of Australian men – a portrait of disconnection and despair that is true not of all men, but certainly for many more men than most of us would be aware. And as we turn to the church, the concern continues in a less dramatic but nonetheless noticeable way.