I have always hated the show “Married At First Sight” because it really demeans the nature of marriage, but then at the place where Australian society has got to that probably doesn’t matter that much. It seems that there are a significant number of people who haven’t cottoned on to the fact that “reality television” has nothing to do with reality at all.
From the ABC:
She’s one of the most hated women on Australian television right now, and Married at First Sight’s Davina Rankin is still dealing with the pain of death threats and cruel comments she received online.
But with close to 320,000 Instagram followers, the 26-year-old businesswoman from Brisbane said she planned to use her public profile to raise awareness around the issue of cyberbullying, and would soon meet with the Queensland state Labor MP Dianne Farmer to discuss the issue.
“I barely got out of this whole ordeal alive, I can’t even imagine what it would be like for younger boys and girls who have to deal with this alone,” Rankin told the ABC.
That ordeal she refers to is Rankin’s portrayal on the Nine Network’s popular reality television series which has been airing for several weeks.
Rankin was paired with Ryan on the show, but took a liking to Dean, who was matched with Tracey.
Dean and Rankin “secretly” agreed to leave their respective partners to pursue a relationship, but at the last minute Dean changed his mind.
“It’s just crazy because people believe so much,” Rankin said.
“They genuinely believe I had an affair on my husband. This was a guy I’d only known for a week, we’re not boyfriend and girlfriend, let alone husband and wife.
“And if it was such a ‘secret’ why were there cameras in my face the whole time?”
Cue Rankin’s social media being flooded with messages and comments about her being a “homewrecker” and “every slander word you can imagine”.
“I’ve had people tell me they would punch me if they saw me on the street … death threats.
“I feel like if I go to the shops, all of those people that have commented on a meme about me are going to be there,” Rankin said through tears.
Read the rest here, then come to your senses and avoid all “reality” shows.
Today is The Day that the whole world has been awaiting for literally millennia.
The first day that same sex, no sex or any other two people can marry in Australia (apart from the ones that already did- see note below) was expected by the ABC and the other leftist media to launch a flood of excitement.
AM covered the Great Day with its usual class and lack of irony awareness. They interviewed two same sex couples, one of whom was “married” in a ceremony in Perth a couple of minutes after midnight. So nobody in Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra could be bothered making a point apparently.
The major part of the broadcast was given over to a male couple who think it’s all a jolly good thing and they are getting “married” in February- a whole month after the flood gates have been opened. And apparently Partner 1 was much keener than Partner 2 and had to get him drunk to get him to agree, which could potentially be a breach of the Marriage Act.
So the big news item on the first day of gay marriage is, well, not much is happening. So not the groundswell of demand that the activists predicted. No doubt by the time we get to the evening TV news the ABC will have found a few more and there will be the items on Saturday night as the first weekend of the brave new world unfolds. By then maybe one fifth of a thifteenth of a percent of all the people screaming for this thing will have got “married.”
Can’t wait for January 9th 2019 when the divorces start to filter through.
BTW we already had a gay “wedding” before Christmas when a couple who had already planned a celebration and had people coming from overseas gained permission to shorten the usual one-month notice period. And we have already had our first gay “divorce” when a pair “married” under British law and living in Australia were able to get “divorced” immediately after Australian law recognised their “marriage” and hence could legally “divorce” them.
One of the things I really loathe about the place our society has sunk to is that people -often so-called “experts”, politicians and commentators- say stupid things and nobody challenges them.
On Wednesday the stupidest comment that I heard, and there were many in the category, was that legalising gay “marriage” will boost the economy by $1 billion per year. They quoted unnamed “economists” but I would say most of them would be Year 11 students.
Even if you take the quote at face value, and there was no evidence that this number was anything other than plucked out of the air on the spur of the moment, a billion dollars is nothing in our economy. Last year the Australian GDP was about a trillion dollars, so even a billion dollars increase is next to nothing, a rounding error (0.1% of the total). Compare this to coal which last year we exported over $56 billion.
But here is the stupid part of the figure. Most, if not all of the $1 billion that will now be spent (and we have no information about how accurate that figure is), would have been spent anyway. It is not money that suddenly appeared from nowhere. Yes, people in the wedding industry will get a boost, but that will be at the expense of other sectors of the economy. We all know that if you have to spend money on one thing you can’t spend it on another thing.
The annoying thing is that nobody ever questions these figures, whether handed out by politicians or unnamed sources. Don’t believe anything you hear in the media, especially when somebody is boosting their pet cause.
We had our say, and the nation overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to same sex marriage. I am disappointed but not surprised.
What should Christians make of this?
Firstly, it should be a wake up call for anyone who maintains that Australia is a “Christian country.” It is not, and 60% of the population showed that they are not in favour of a strictly Christian society. Interestingly, the electorates where there was a majority “No” vote were those with a larger than average immigrant population- both Middle East and Asian.
Secondly, it should be a sign to the church that we need to be more intentional in missions. That is, we must take the message of Christ to the streets, to the workplace, to our neighbourhoods. There will be a temptation to withdraw from the public square, to sit in our comfortably padded pews and hope that nobody notices. Instead we need to get out and win hearts, minds and souls to the kingdom.
Thirdly we need to prepare for persecution for our beliefs. By that I don’t mean that Christians will be thrown into prison for being Christians. No it will be much more subtle than that. Human Rights Tribunals and other quasi-judicial bodies will prosecute individuals and groups who oppose the dominant narrative. If you dare to state that marriage should be between a man and a woman in any context other than a place of worship you may soon be liable to a complaint. If you think that is unlikely, consider the Bishop of Tasmania who was forced to appear before that state’s tribunal for publishing a booklet explaining the church’s position on marriage and supporting the current legal definition of marriage.
Finally we need to pray as never before. We must pray for our friends and neighbours to receive the gospel. People have been rejecting God for a couple of generations now and that trend is not showing any signs of being reversed. We live in a society that is increasingly narcissistic, because it is made up of people who think they are gods. We must repent of our own self-centredness and give ourselves anew to serving God and God alone.
There have been many despicable lies told by activists about the nature of marriage lately. One of these is that marriage takes many different forms in different societies. As Bill Muehlenberg points out, these are exceptions. The overwhelming natural form of marriage, in every society around the owrld and throughout history, is one man and one woman.
Marriage and History