Here is last Sunday’s sermon. The Gospel text was Mark 10:2-12
God created them male and female
Increasingly well intentioned but moronic Christians are seeking to join the trend of virtue signalling by draping rainbow flags in churches and on altars. It is unbelievably wrong headed. Not that caring for people with same sex attraction is wrong. Quite the opposite. We must be welcoming and compassionate to such people. It is wrong because that rainbow flag symbolises more than compassion having become the defining symbol of a radical modern ideology- one rooted in the sexual revolution and based on secular notions of political correctness. And the problem for Christians, at least those with a brain, is that this ideology, favoured by political elites, stands in stark contradiction to the teaching of Christ on matters of sexual morality. It refutes not only the Christian view of sex but, perhaps more importantly, our very understanding of what it means to be human.
Scripture teaches we were created male and female. You heard it from the lips of Jesus in the Gospel this morning. A truth not dependent on faith or belief or opinion but writ large in the natural law. There are over 1500 scientifically determined differences between men and women. Meaning you can dig up even skeletons and know the sex with certainty. Christians believe this difference is intentional and divinely inspired. Men and women were created – as part of God’s plan- as a unity in distinction; philosophical language meaning two halves of an intended whole. The two shall become one flesh. Equal in terms of dignity and worth- feminism has that right- but with intended differences that need to be acknowledged and celebrated. Christianity further suggests that man and woman complete each other and God’s blessing of this completion is seen via their unique potential for the creation of new life. A truth being denied when newspapers claim Tom Daley and his male partner had a baby. No; they took a baby from its biological mother to raise as their own; the difference is all important in discerning truth about the human condition.
The rainbow movement, the new ideology of the world, challenges Christian concepts on marriage because it is centred on radical individualism not organic family life. Historically, when were a Christian culture, we enshrined marriage out of respect for the needs of children. But today such privilege is denied because all couplings, even thruplings, are treated as the same. Thus the needs of children take a back seat to the romantic demands of adults. The truth that mum and dad bring something unique to family life is eroded, even lost. And men and women are not even being encouraged to come together in trust and love in our society as they should be. Instead we see everywhere an attack on the nuclear family. In the media we hear only of that tired cliché of a battle of the sexes. Is it any wonder, when men and women are pitted against each other in this way, that tension increases, dissatisfaction is heightened and divorce rises. Why do we buy into this language of war? Sorry but I do not believe God’s plan for our human flourishing involves breakdown of the family and conflict/competition between the two halves of the intended whole.
Yet more sinister: the new ideology doesn’t stop at attacking family life. It now challenges our identity. Children are being taught, as part of the National Curriculum no less, that gender is not fixed but fluid; determined by sentiment not reason. A direct contradiction to our Gospel today. And no dissent is brooked in the imposition of this insane modern narrative making school increasingly uncomfortable for our Christian children. Any who dare question the rainbow philosophy are quickly shut down and labelled haters. They are told it is healthy to self identify using labels, most based on adult sexual proclivity, with an infamous letter. LGBTQI. The use of which erodes our understanding of the human person. Sorry but we are embodied souls precious to God not vacuous being defined solely by something as shallow as out sexual preference. I am not an H. You are not a B, L or G. We have to hold to a deeper and richer sense of personal identity rooted in our intrinsic worth.
Now I have compassion for transsexuals. They are troubled people who need our support and sensitivity. But this does not mean we abandon reason in pursuit of kindness. And who says it is kind, anyway, to deform people’s bodies via drastic surgery and artificial hormones? I mean we would not dream of helping an anorexic, who self identifies as fat, by endorsing a diet! We would not aid the man who identifies as Nelson by cutting off his hand! So why are we treating this particular psychiatric condition as if is normative and encouraging children to collude in it? Ever since we encouraged trans activism in our schools the number of children identifying as the wrong gender has increased by thousands of percent. What in the name of God are we doing to impressionable young minds and vulnerable people? I have a name for it- it is called child abuse. Government backed and systematically rolled out though it may be.
As Christians we are called to be inclusive and merciful. And in fairness I think we always have, on the whole, welcomed the divorced, homosexuals, transexuals-everyone. We always have understood that we, are all of us, sinners in need of forgiveness. We always have understood that preaching an ideal does not mean we will all manage to reach it. What we have not done is change our teaching to endorse an anything goes mentality on morality and it is, in truth, this that enrages our foes who have a liberalising moral agenda. Hence all the rhetoric of nasty uncaring Catholics so skilfully espoused by the new ideology and the mainstream media. Hollywood pedophiles, like Roman Polanski, are misunderstood whilst nuns are only wicked tyrants fit for horror movies.
So we must continue to preach our welcome, mercy, love and forgiveness. But not to the point of endorsing the radical secular individualism that threatens family life. So please put your rainbow flags in the dustbin and dust off your rosary instead. Because Christian marriage remains for us, at least, the foundation of family life. The place in which children are raised and nurtured in accordance with God’s will. So that that which God has joined together no man (or philosophy or ideology) can put asunder. With courage and determination let us resist this new ideology come what may and stand with Christ. Our Saviour who said marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation for family life. Not because he was mean or limited by the wisdom of his age. But because he was God and knows what will help us to flourish – as individuals, as families and as a society.