The following post is by Ronald J. Sider from the Charismanews website and although referring to the United States is equally applicable to New Zealand’s current situation.
I have never made the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage a primary focus of my work. Justice for the poor and combining evangelism and social action have been central issues in my writing. But the issue of gay marriage has become so prominent, so critical, that I can’t be silent.
Within the last few years numerous states have legalized same-sex marriage. The widespread victory of legalized gay marriage was declared to be inevitable.
Why do I think biblical, Spirit-filled Christians should engage this issue with renewed wisdom and energy?