Tuesday, February 25   Sign in or Register
Evangelical Focus
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud

Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.

Should Christians join social protests?




‘Romania referendum on marriage is about the future of our children’

University lecturer Emanuel Tundrea explains why he will vote ‘yes’ this weekend in the referendum to protect marriage as “a union between a man and a woman”.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BUCAREST 05 OCTOBER 2018 11:04 h GMT+1
The Parliament of Romania, in Bucharest. / Pixabay (CC0)

Romanians will vote on October 6 and 7 whether they want to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The referendum comes after the success of a citizen’s initiative signed by 3 million people which called to protect the traditional definition of marriage, and therefore stop the legalisation of same-sex unions in the future.

The initiative was defined as an “unprecedented exercise of democracy”, since 500,000 signatures are enough to vote a constitutional change, but the support this time was six times higher.

If the binding referendum passes, article 48 of the Constitution will be automatically amended as follows: “The family is founded on the freely consented marriage between a man and a woman, their full equality, as well as the right and duty of the parents to ensure the upbringing, education and instruction of their children”.



To be valid, the participation in the referendum needs to be of least 30% of the electorate (approximately five million people).


The initiative was promoted by the Coalition for Family.

The promoters of the referendum, the Coalition for Family, ask to “strengthen the family as the building block of the society”. The movement also called to “defend children” from “the ideological lie of the sexual revolution, the lie of those who want to re-educate all of us, parents and children”.

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Romania in 2001.



Some actors in the European Union have been very critical with the celebration of the Romanian referendum.

In June, The European Court of Justice ruled that same-sex married couples have the same rights under EU freedom of residence legislation as heterosexual married couples, even when same-sex marriage is not allowed in the country.

Following this line of argumentation, the LGBT lobby ILGA-Europe (largely funded by public institutions such as the EU) said “the definition of ‘family’ put forward by the supporters of this referendum only captures a very limited fraction of what family means to people in 2018”. The group stated that the vision of marriage limited to one man and one woman “is very out-of-step with reality and with the diversity of families being recognised by international human rights bodies and European courts”.



Emmanuel Tundrea, a lecturer of the Emanuel University in Tundrea, is one of the many voices who have called to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum this weekend. In two video messages (which had 40,000 visits combined), Tundrea addresses the efforts of other European countries as well as international LGBT organisations in trying to change the views of Romanians.

“How could homosexuality become such a desirable and passionately promoted issue in the last few years, and how could marriage become so disregarded?”, he asks.

“The sexual revolution, without doubt, uses hard power. Just dare to publicly affirm something pro-family or with pro Christian values and you will see the violent reactions you get. But the aggressiveness of their language has distracted us from what probably is the true secret of their success in Europe and USA: soft power”, Tundrea says.



“What is to be done when the innocence and the future of our children are the price paid for the freedoms and rights of adults? Is this right?”, he asks. Tundrea cites the example of climate change to show that individual rights can dangerously affect the common wellbeing of others.



Tundrea also appeals to the Christian view of sexuality in the Bible. “Christian history, but equally, secular history, show us that a civilization that adopts homosexuality is self-condemning to destruction”.

Therefore, he encourages Christians to “show the world the beauty of marriage according to the will of God, and I am convinced that sincere people who are now led by the wave of false promises of the sexual revolution will surrender to the truth”.



National political representatives have shown a clear support for the referendum in the last months.

Romania’s Senate voted 107-13 with seven abstentions on September 11, to approve a law that would pave the way to change the Constitution, which currently states that marriage is a union between “spouses”.

Earlier, the Parliament passed the Bill in May 2017, with 232 votes in favor, 22 against and 13 abstentions.




    If you want to comment, or


YOUR ARE AT: - - ‘Romania referendum on marriage is about the future of our children’
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

What is a prayer meeting? What is a prayer meeting?

“Prayer is like a fire. One spark that someone prays should ignite a passion in someone else”. Mike Betts leads the network of churches Relational Mission.

What is Paul's main message in Galatians? What is Paul's main message in Galatians?

“God the Father, the Son and the Spirit are at work in our lives, through the gospel, to bring us into a relationship with theTrinity”, Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo, says.

Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election

Many hope their effort will inspire a new generation of political representatives with a strong Christian faith. “God has a long-term plan”.

Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube

EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.