“There has never been a better time to be a Christian”: Pastor Campbell Markham

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“There has never been a better time to be a Christian”: Pastor Campbell Markham

A pastor from Tasmania currently involved in an anti-discrimination complaint due to what he has written regarding marriage told those gathered at the Coalition for Marriage volunteer launch last month that Christians have a message that the world desperately needs.

Speaking about the significance of the marriage debate for Christians, Pastor Markham began by reflecting that many in the audience appeared visibly worried.

“You can see that there's a lot of conflict. There's a lot of confusion,” he said.

“We have forgotten what a human being is in our nation. We have forgotten what male and female is. Men and women have forgotten how to have sex. We've forgotten how to marry. We've forgotten how to care for the children that we bear.”

But rather than a cause for dismay, Pastor Markham claims the message of Christ will shine more brightly in comparison to the darkness our society is experiencing.

“There has never been a better time to be a Christian,” Pastor Markham said.

“We have this bright light in a very dark place. The bible that shows us the wonderful truth that all human beings have been hand-made by God, that He has breathed His breath of life into us, that we are made in His image with untold dignity, value and purpose, that He made us male and female, both in God's image and likeness, both with identical worth, and that together, male and female, we have the ability to make new life.

“In this time of darkness and confusion, we get to tell people this wonderful news about who God is and how He has made us and the purpose for which He has made us.”

Pastor Markham noted that when the first disciples were beaten for refusing to be quiet about the resurrection of Jesus, they responded by rejoicing that they had been counted as worthy of suffering for Christ.

Out of love for the community, he said that Christians would not be “cowered into silence” but would fight anti-discrimination laws that attack human freedoms of expression, conscience and religion.

“If we are insulted, if we are persecuted, we will not be depressed. We will not be bitter. We will not be frightened. Yes, we will be angered for the lies that hurt our community, but we will not be angered for ourselves,” Pastor Markham said.

He explained that having an anti-discrimination complaint filed against him has meant he has had the opportunity of spreading the gospel even further.

“All of a sudden, instead of speaking about Jesus to my church of 150, now, I get to tell people about Jesus on the radio and even on the TV.

“Seize this opportunity. Speak out in love to your nation with courage, passion and compassion, that when you are opposed, let your joy be seen. Let your peace be seen, knowing that you are walking in the footsteps of Jesus and with the presence of Jesus.”

Watch the entire talk by searching for ‘Coalition for Marriage Tasmania’ on YouTube.