Last Tuesday the 11th December the British government made a statement in the House of Commons on its plans to allow gay marriage. Speaking in opposition to the plans Conservative MP Andrew Selous said: “As a Christian I cannot vote for this measure” he goes on to say:

“This legislation will mark a significant moment as this country will be passing a law that is directly contrary to what Jesus said about marriage in Mark chapter 10.......”

Jesus did not say one word about gay marriage, Selous is referring to Mark chapter 10 verses 6-8 (Mark 10:6-8) which, according to the Good News Translation, say:

"But in the beginning, at the time of creation, ‘God made them male and female,’ as the scripture says. ‘And for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.’ So they are no longer two, but one."

It is a pity Mr Selous did not read a bit more of Mark chapter 10. If he went to Mark 10:17 he would read that Jesus tells a man that to receive eternal life he must obey the commandments, the man replies:

“ever since I was young, I have obeyed all these commandments.”

and Jesus says to him:

“You need only one thing. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.”

Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor? I wonder if that will appear in the next Conservative party manifesto? If anything the coalition government are waging a war on the less well off.

In verse 25 Jesus tells his disciples:

"It is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”

Andrew Selous has been an MP since 2001 and earns the MPs salary of £65,738*(see below) (compare this to the UK average salary of £26,500) it is probably fair to say that he is the kind of rich person Jesus is talking about but I cannot see him giving up his wealth so he can enter heaven. His reaction would probably be the same as the mantold by Jesus to sell his possessions.

Mark 10:22 tells us the man

"went away sad, because he was very rich."

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*As well as their salary MP's can also claim expenses "to cover the costs of running an office, employing staff, having somewhere to live in London and in their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency.