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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Jeremy

    Hi Jason, Thanks for the article. While I don’t support SSM becoming law, I do think our politicians should consider the following to options.

    1. The Purely Secular option: Have the state get completely out of the marriage business. Abolish the whole marriage act. Treat all couples regardless of gender as a civil union. IMO, the state should never have been in the marriage business anyway as marriage is a religious institution. I believe France has an arrangement like this

    2. The balanced argument. One of the benefits of a plebiscite, is even if SSM is voted for, it will show that a significant minority don’t support SSM. Let’s say the vote is 60% in favour and 40% against, the government will then have the legislate a law that ensures the 40% are not classified as criminals. Therefore, the law must be written to not only give rights to the 60%, but also the 40%. I would also argue that religious freedom is much more than just pastors, it goes to all professions and jobs.

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      Jason Harris

      Thanks for the comment Jeremy. If things keep going the way they are, we will get a third option. I’m not sure what to call it, but it is that the church will pull out of the marriage business altogether (perform a religious ceremony that has no legal standing). I understand both the Anglicans and Presbyterians intend to do this if SSM is legalised in Australia.

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    Jeremy

    I think that 3rd option is likely. But it won’t satisfy the SSM movement. Have a look at what they have done in the courts to christianmingle.com

    Ministry in exile will be tough, but necessary.

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    Rubin Stancle

    Never buy the lie that what you re commanded by God to do, you can do. We depend on God for the ability to do what we ought to do.

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      Jason Harris

      Hmm… I tweeted those words at https://twitter.com/tojasonharris/status/763527351854661634. This is either a clever spam bot or you’ve got a point that I’ve missed. Interested in elucidation if it’s the latter.

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