I’m seriously trying to understand the mindset of those who call themselves Christian and would change their vote against a party if it was going to vote in the national parliament for civil marriage to include same-sex unions.
I understand that a religious person would let their religious beliefs influence their vote, in exactly the same way as a person with any other ethical value structure would.
But what I don’t get is Christians who are determined to have the law impose their religious beliefs about marriage on others – particularly in a country when we already have civil marriage, which is marriage where their God is not involved and which already don’t count according to their beliefs. I’m not sure how Islamic marriages, or Hindu marriages, are any more compatible with Christianity than secular gay marriage. None of them are Christian marriages, but they’re recognised as “marriages” by the law. So are marriages between people who are definitively infertile. So marriages are regularly non-Christian, and they’re regularly entered into where procreation is impossible. And I haven’t heard Christians campaigning against any of those marriages.
But if you’re not campaigning to have Christian marriage as the only form of marriage recognised by Australian law, then why be all bothered by gay marriage? What difference does it make to you? It’s just one other form of marriage recognised by the law despite not being made in accordance with your belief structure.
Which leads me to the main thing I don’t understand – why is this so important to them? Why is demanding the law discriminate against gay people more important than campaigning for anything Jesus actually did talk about? Jesus talked a lot about the rich giving up their possessions, and about looking after the poor. So why would a person calling themselves “Christian” vote for a party that opposes taxing the rich to provide for the poor?
To make this a vote-changing issue, you’d have to (a) have a very weird and inconsistent idea about when you can arbitrarily impose your religion on people who don’t share it, and (b) sincerely believe that what was most important to Jesus was the stuff He didn’t talk about, and that He was just kidding about the stuff He did.