By Andrew McDonald - Posted at The Protestant Standard:
When we consider these events it is important to realise that the problem in our land is a spiritual one rather than a political one...It is now apparent that same sex marriage and abortion will be undemocratically foisted upon Northern Ireland as a result of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019. This will be a matter of great sorrow to all true believers in our province; both that the God ordained institution of marriage will be marred by the oxymoron of gay marriage, and also that any protection for the life of the unborn child will be removed. Whilst it is easy to focus our attention on where the blame should lie in these matters, and there are those who will certainly answer to God for their actions, the real question for the church is what it should do now. For long we have sought to prevent these things taking place, so does their pending implementation now mean that the battle is lost and our fight is over?
The passing of this legislation should be a reminder to us all that political opposition was never a long term solution to preventing the introduction of SSM and abortion. The constant voting down of motions in the Assembly was commendable, and we are thankful for it; however that alone could not change public opinion on the acceptability of these issues. The evident trend in the last number of years has been of a growing acceptance of homosexuality and a demand for same sex marriage. So too, although on a lesser scale, and with more caveats, there has been an increasing call for abortion reform. The liberalisation of the electorate on these and other issues has meant that either the political will to oppose such matters would slowly recede, or voting patterns would change to the point where the numbers to oppose them simply no longer existed.