Bill Muehlenberg says Christians should pray, get involved and take a stand
14 August 2017
No question about the marriage debate. It’s been leading the headlines in recent weeks. In response, Christian commentator Bill Meuhlenberg has created a few of his own headlines.
“We see people being thrown in jail, being fined, losing their jobs, all for simply saying, ’I believe marriage is between a man and a woman” he said.
In an interview on Vision Christian Radio, Bill outlined his concerns that if the change to the Marriage law goes through it will be bad news indeed. “It will curtail the preaching of the Gospel. It will see pastors put in jail. It will see a whole generation of children denied the very fundamental right to be raised by their own biological mother and father. This is major stuff!”
He also had an encouragement for Christians: To be prayerful and work to protect marriage.
Bill Meuhlenberg is not alone in suggesting protecting the current definition of marriage as one of the most worthwhile causes imaginable. He’s also not alone in recognizing the Biblical institutions of marriage and family are under attack. Recently the Federal Senate knocked back the promised marriage plebiscite vote to make way for a postal vote to take place this year. “The other side” as he calls them, “is working overtime to destroy marriage”. “They are lobbying, they are writing letters, they are visiting their MPs, they are trying to get into the media, they are trying to change public opinion, they are talking to their friends.”
“They’re doing everything they possibly can to press their point of view and we need to do the same”, he said.
There will undoubtedly be side effects for Australians if the nation was to move away from the traditional definition of marriage. What these will be is currently the subject of much debate. Bill says if marriage goes then so goes religious freedom and freedom of speech.
“This is a big ticket item. This is not small business by any means. It will impact every single one of us. It will impact religious freedom,” – Bill Meuhlenberg, referring to those Western nations where homosexual marriage has been legalised.
Bill said any Christian worth his salt will stand up for God’s truth and not acquiesce to the world’s demands. “If this goes through it will be bad news indeed. It will curtail the preaching of the Gospel. It will see pastors put in jail. It will see a whole generation of children denied the very fundamental right to be raised by their own biological mother and father. This is major stuff!” warned Bill.
Bill Meuhlenberg softened his rhetoric a shade to say the need continues for Christians to continue to reach out in love to those individuals pushing the same sex marriage barrow, but suggested parts of the church are ‘caving in’. “We have every right as Paul said in Romans, ‘To resist that which is evil’.”
“This destructive force that wants to change the very heart and core of marriage and family… that has to be resisted,” Bill expressed, before remarking on Christian leaders who have sided with the same sex marriage proposal. “They’re penning articles in newspapers saying, ‘I’m fully in favour of homosexual marriage. I think this is the way to go.’ So we see already hunks of the church caving in and turning away from God and His Word on this,” Bill lamented.
There are a lot of tactics being deployed in the battle for marriage, but Bill says Christians have a secret weapon. “We have God and prayer. We can ask God to have mercy on this nation to preserve the institutions of marriage and family.”
“We’ve got to do both. We’ve got to put feet to our prayers. If we prayed only and did no work, we won’t get very far. And if we only do all kinds of work, lobbying activity but don’t pray, equally we won’t get very far,” – Bill Meuhlenberg
Bill is very concerned about complacent and apathetic Christians who don’t know or don’t care, and he believes there are many. But he said this is now the time for every Christian to wake up and be counted. “Even simply telling your friends and family saying, ‘Hey, did you know this is going on? Did you know marriage is important and it is under attack?”
The idea of God working in tandem with His people is common throughout scripture. “Whether it was the rebuilding of the temple, you name it, people had to do stuff! Whether it’s the Great Commission, to go out and preach the Gospel to every creature. Jesus last commandment, guess what, He told us to do something. We have a job!”
But that’s not to say God could supernaturally get everybody saved if He wanted to but according to Bill’s theology, He always chooses to work with people.
“Just look at church history!” Bill exclaimed. “In the 19th Century far too many Christians did not speak up about slavery… In the 20th Century a lot of Christians did not speak up about the rise of Hitler and the Nazis…. Today we’re not speaking up about something as vitally important as marriage and family and the need to protect it. The same for other issues. The sanctity of life,” Bill observed, saying there are key issues where every generation needs to stand up and be salt and light and make a difference.
“But we have to obey, we have to get involved, we have to make a stand,” Bill implored.
Bill Muehlenberg is an American-born apologist and ethicist in Melbourne, Australia. He has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), an MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston). He has his own ministry called CultureWatch, which features Christian commentary on the issues of the day:billmuehlenberg.com. He is a prolific author, and a much sought after media commentator, and has been featured on most television and radio current affairs programs. Bill teaches ethics, apologetics and theology at several Melbourne Bible Colleges. He is the author of Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality, Dangerous Relations: The Threat of Homosexuality,and The Challenge of Abortion. ( go to: http://store.vision.org.au/) Bill is married, with three sons.