I write in response to “the politics of marital matters” about gay marriage (Rye & Battle Observer 18.4.2014).
The BBC News website on 19.4.2014 notes that “the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, told the Daily Telegraph that Christians in some parts of the world find the issue (of gay marriage within the Church of England) “almost impossible.”
He said that the Church had done great harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the past and now must listen to their concerns with love.
Discussions will take place shortly about how the Church should respond to the new legislation.
The Archbishop noted that in some countries abroad “hundreds of Christians had been killed by those who associated the religion with homosexuality”, and elsewhere “religious figures told him that if the Church was pro gay marriage, then they “could no longer accept help from England.”
He concluded by warning against “giving in to that kind of terror.”
In her letter (18.4.2014), Cindi Cogswell suggests (the now passed) legislation for gay marriage “reversed the Lord God’s moral standards” and that “the highest form of love is Christian love.”
Worldwide, 32% of the population is Christian. 68% is not.
We find ourselves in difficult and interesting times.
I have no wish to compete with Cindi (nor with God) about Christianity.
The Dalai Lama suggests a “Third Way” to move forward through acts of loving kindness - and this route reflects central Christian concepts.
Better karma for all.
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