I just wanted to share with you, my experience at the recent March for Marriage in Sydney that was held last Saturday, the 9th of September 2017.
The day started out with a few of our church members meeting at my house in the morning to make our signs. Then at about 11:00 AM we left as a group to catch a train into the city. We arrived at St James station at around 1:00 PM. This is the train station closest to the meeting point in Hyde Park.
When we got there, there was already a few hundred people gathered around Archibald Fountain. Some people thought we were the march organisers because the two men I was travelling with were both wearing black shirts with white writing on them. One of the shirts said “Straight Pride” and the other said “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”. Nathan had both my megaphones slung over his shoulders so we looked organised even though we weren’t the organisers.
So our group got to work getting our signs assembled and I got all my recording equipment set up and ready. I noticed a cameraman setting up a few metres away so I walked over to find out what channel or station he was from. He was from the AFP News Agency and asked if I was happy to do a short interview. I agreed, but I made sure to get my own recording just in case. I’ll put a link to the interview below so you can listen to the whole conversation.
The journalist was personally in support of the redefinition of marriage, so I thought I’d throw a few questions at him as well to see how he would respond. My interview didn’t make it into the final cut and it was also reported in their video that only a “few hundred” attended, when in reality it was closer to a thousand, possibly more. I have a recording of the whole group of marchers from beginning to end, so I’ll let you count. You can let me know your estimate in the comments below.
After the interview was over, the area was starting to get really crowded and the walkways through the park were being blocked. The police were starting to get concerned so they asked the marshals to start preparing the crowd. I was asked to help announce over the megaphone. So we lined everyone up on the path that leads to the entrance of St James Station. The route had already been planned out, so we just had to follow the police escort.
As we were walking down Elizabeth St I remember looking back and thinking how big the crowd was. We were halfway down Elizabeth St and the crowd still stretched down the road and up the path toward Archibald Fountain where we had originally met. I was really only expecting a few hundred people to show up since most people would have only had about 1 week’s notice.
To give a bit of background, the march was organised in a very short period of time and only began advertising about 2 weeks prior to the date on a very limited budget. I tried to help where I could to get the word out by making my own promo video. But some of the other larger online pro-marriage groups only caught wind of the event and shared the details on their pages a day or two before.
As we marched, some people sang, others chanted, and others just walked along smiling. I decided to share some of my own views on the topic as I was marching – so over a megaphone I was explaining why the common arguments we hear to redefine marriage are not sound and why marriage is only for one man and one woman. Some were asking me to get a chant going but I didn’t have any ideas and neither did the people around me… so, if you know a good one, suggest it in the comments and if there’s one I like, I’ll see if I can get that one going for next time.
We encountered almost no negativity along the way. I had brought my whole family for the march, as did others, but some left their family at home due to fear of potential confrontation with counter-protestors.
Once we had arrived back to Hyde Park we spent some time meeting new people and also had the opportunity to explain to some how they can know for sure they are going to heaven. Many people know that Jesus was crucified for our sins, but they’re still unsure whether or not they’ll make it to heaven. It’s usually because they are still trusting their own good works. But it’s not our good works, charity or political activism that gets us to heaven. But putting your faith on the one who can save you, that is, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
A very famous verse is
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I don’t get MYSELF to heaven, JESUS CHRIST saves me from hell and HIS works get me to heaven.
Many people I met there told me how thankful they were that this march was organised and expressed that they knew of many more people, some said thousands, that would have joined us had they been notified of it earlier. So there may be another march organised in the near future but with the postal votes already hitting homes last week – it might be better to wait until after the postal survey results come out on the 15th of November.
Let me know in the comments when you think the next march should be held and I can pass the feedback on to Philippa. You can share this video to let people know that a march WAS held and it was a MUCH LARGER group than the media had reported. We can’t count on mainstream media for objective reporting so we have to be our own media – so make sure you are sharing videos, articles, and posts like this one on social media, to help get the word out.