It's about National Marriage Week, which aims to promote christian marriage values. Apparently it is receiving less financial support this year, and a lot more money is being donated to two organisations that promote lesbian and gay health and well-being.
The writer of the email is asking us to do several things. I quote ...
- pray for those who seek to uphold godliness
- support the National Marriage Week either personally or through your churches
- write to the Lord Chancellor requesting that funding for National Marriage Week be reinstated and that the support for the promotion of gay and lesbian relationships be withdrawn
- write to the Prime Minister expressing your concerns at the open promotion of gay and lesbian rights and practices
Now of course I believe that all LGBT people need as much support as they can get. I almost danced for joy when I saw the words "promote lesbian and gay health and well-being" ... but how can I explain to the traditional christians at IBM (where I work) that this is a good idea?
I don't try to hide my sexuality and I'm sure some of them have guessed ... but to stand up for a cause such as this I'd have to risk offending or upsetting them ... and they'd probably want to counsell me endlessly and pray for me to change my ways ...
I know they're only doing what they think is right, but how can I help them to see they're wrong?