If you thought a woman being fired in Austrailia for expressing her views on gay marriage was bad, wait until you hear this:
An Austrailian church that boldly displayed the Biblical definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman on their marquis has been threatened with arson.
Tensions are high in Austrailia leading up to their same-sex marriage vote, but clearly, some psychotic defenders of same-sex “marriage” can’t even handle a church peacefully expressing their opposing views.
Breitbart reports that the sign, which read ‘God Designed Marriage Between a Man and a Woman,’ was posted outside the Bellbowrie Community Church in Brisbane, Austrailia. The senior pastor there, John Gill, says that since posting the sign, LGBT activists have come out full force to attack and threaten them on social media.
“On Facebook,” he told the Daily Mail, “a lot of the stuff has been quite vicious at times. I mean quite physically threatening. That’s been scary for some in the church.”
“One of the comments I saw, for example, was a suggestion that people bring petrol down and set the church on fire.”
Gill, while steadfast in his views, still feels his opposition has a right to say what they want to say:
“There are two sides to this debate so it was no surprise that some do not agree with the sign,” he explains. “But what did surprise me was the degree of malice expressed by some, which could only be described as hate speech.”
Over the weekend, the sign was vandalized to read “God designed marriage between a man and a man” (eye roll) along with continued Facebook attacks.
“Hopefully there are churches in the area that cater to ALL Christians and not just the ones who fit in the narrow-minded view of this ‘Church of God’. I’m sure Christ would be very disappointed in your view of Christianity,” wrote one clearly Biblically-ignorant activist.
A spokeswoman for 4070 Says Yes, a local gay-marriage advocacy group, explained how hard her group has worked to convince the church to roll over and give up their freedom of speech:
“Our community has implored the church to remove the offensive sign, making phone calls, writing letters, emails and meeting with officials to point out the damage and distress it is causing.”
Pastor Gill says the drama over the sign has been “difficult” on his congregation and is indicative of the current cultural climate in Australia.
“Many now realize that it is no longer easy to hold and express a Christian viewpoint in Australia,” he says.
He told Westside News that he believes that free speech is incredibly important and needs to be defended:
“This means gay people are entitled to speak their minds, and anybody who does not agree with their views should still respect them and not abuse them for expressing their opinions,” he explains.
“In a free country, Christians also have this right. They do not expect everyone will agree, but should they not expect the same freedom to speak and be given the same respect that they give to others?”
Freedom of speech or not, it is the duty of every Christian to shine Christ’s light of righteousness into the world and warn others of their sin, exposing evil (Ephesians 5:11, Galatians 5:19).
We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Austrailia who are facing this kind of violent discrimination simply for expressing their views. May God give them the courage to continue to defend His ways, no matter what.