The peaceful public demonstration in which Christian virtue can be argued for is God's gift to Britain.
Fallen humanity never finds difficulty in staging a riot or an act of violent disorder. But the phenomenon of an orderly, respectful rally for a good cause grew in the biblically-enriched cultural soil of a Christian-influenced Parliamentary democracy.
The new Coalition for Marriage, launched today, has a spiritual and moral responsibility to honour the historic legacy of the great public campaigns of Britain's Christian past, such as those against the slave trade in the 18th century and against industrial exploitation in the 19th. Those campaigns for humanity against injustice were advanced by large-scale public meetings.
C4M, which is backed by the Christian Institute, CARE, Christian Concern, the Evangelical Alliance, and the Family Education Trust, is gathering signatures for a petition against the Coalition's bid to redefine marriage. That is a positive move but a petition, however long, presented to the Prime Minister by a delegation does not have the same impact as a mass demonstration in central London.
If local churches around the UK cannot get their members out in significant numbers for a rally on an issue as biblically central as this one, then public Christianity in the UK would be sounding its own death-knell by default.
The consequences of same-sex marriage for local churches, Christian outreach networks to children and young people and church schools would be catastrophic. Political correctness would be given free rein to corrupt the minds of the next generation with its poisonous ideology.
The Lord Jesus Christ publicly defended the God-created institution of monogamous, heterosexual, life-long marriage. He did so before large crowds in the course of his public ministry in Galilee and argued the biblical case against powerful vested interests (see Matthew 19v1-12 and Mark 10v1-12).
We his followers must take our Lord's lead and avail ourselves of the privilege of peaceful public demonstration, which faithful British Christians in the past campaigned for at great personal cost and exercised.
A rally featuring Bible teaching, Christian advocacy and public prayer in central London against the destructive politically correct drive to countermand the Word of God is imperative.