There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25 NKJV, or as it says in the Message translation: There's a way that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell.
So, it has now started and it’s official. The Scottish Government announced its intention to bring forward a bill to legalise same sex marriage in the forthcoming parliament year. So by this time next year, same sex marriage will become a ‘normal’ part of Scottish life, that is unless something very unusual and supernatural happens. All of the political parties are in favour, so it is a ‘dead cert’, and I make no apology for the phrase used. Having watched the American election conventions, the same thing will happen if President Obama is re elected, so this is not just a Scottish/UK thing. The biggest difference is that the people in the USA still have a choice, whereas in the UK, all (and that’s ALL) major political leaders/parties support same sex marriage. there is no choice left.
The arguments centre around words like ‘equality’ and ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘impartiality’ and sound good. The words seem to be right, but the words of Proverbs 16:25 should make us, as a people of faith, sit up and take notice. The first translation is the way we tend to think of the text, but the second translation says it in today’s language, and is clearer. This looks harmless enough, but leads straight to hell. These are not my words, but the inspired words from Scripture.
The coming year will be interesting as politicians run rings round any faith group who tries to disagree with their equality argument, and these churches and religious representatives will run the gauntlet of catcalls and intolerance. The very things that these same sex groups have always accused the church of! Quite a double standard, but that will be missed in the verbal scuffles that we will hear on TV and radio. The coming year will be significant in our nation’s once proud Christian history, but I can’t help but dread what society will be like in say 20 or 50 years time. I am glad I will not be here to witness the outcome on what becomes acceptable to our children and grandchildren. We have ditched God and morality for something that leads to hell, but seems right meantime.
Scotland is now a secular society, which by definition is: “Denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.” So our future as a nation again by definition, independent or not, will be governed by a Godless set of people and laws. I see the problem very simply. We no longer hold the Bible in any respect or honour, and therefore we do not need to obey the God as described in that book. We hardly even carry it to church anymore. The result is that we, as a nation, have no morality or ethical set of beliefs to guide us. We have opted for the choice of living in a nation where we make up the ‘new morality’ as we go along. All driven by those who shout loudest, and not necessarily the moral, or the majority. The fundamental question I am left with, is this: Do we accept the Bible as Holy and the complete truth, or do we trim it down to suit ourselves? Just asking.