Christians, as well as people of other religious traditions or of none, will be deeply disturbed by this turn of events and rightly so. Lynne Featherstone MP, the Equalities Minister, has recently written that marriage is not owned by the state or the church, but is instead ‘owned by the people.’ Christian people do not and cannot subscribe to this view. We believe that marriage was instituted by God as a sanctified relationship between a man and a woman and as a fundamental building block of human society. Because of this, no government has licence to redefine it and any such attempt represents a fundamental assault on God’s design for human living, and therefore on God himself.
I do not think in my lifetime there has been such a blatant and brazen attempt to undermine God’s authority by the political leadership of the state. This is emphatically not an issue on which we should remain neutral and I urge all who identify themselves with All Saints to sign the petition on the website www.c4m.org.uk and to familiarise themselves with the issues involved. The PCC will be discussing this at its meeting on 19 March and I shall be writing further after that.