Guns. They are a hot topic of conversation and debate these days. The ELCA Conference of Bishops jumped into the fray with a news release stating their support of the gun focused March for Our Lives. The Bishop’s statement was clear:
“The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in solidarity with our children and youth…offer our support, partnership and prayers for the March for Our Lives, its satellite city events, and our children and youth who are leading us forward as peacemakers.” (see here)
The ELCA's presiding bishop and 62 synod bishops signed the statement.
The March for Our Lives calls for
- "A law to ban the sale of assault weapons..."
- "Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines..."
- "Closing the loophole in our background check law that allows dangerous people...(to) buy guns online or at gun shows." (see here)
Some of you may agree with that stance, some of you may not. I present this information for those ELCA members who disagree with the March for Our Lives' demands. They have a right to know what their denomination is supporting.
An recent email by ELCA Advocacy gives further details of what the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America wants to happen regarding guns, at least for the time being:
"We have resolved as a church to work for the passage and strict enforcement of laws that control the manufacture and sale of weapons not used for hunting and sport, or for use other than law enforcement and military purposes." (See here)
Below are some more gun related thoughts of ELCA leaders and entities,
- ELCA Pastor Sue Seiffert writes this about the NRA,
- The tweet below is from the ELCA's Southeastern Minnesota Synod,
- Clergy and faith leaders in Oklahoma, including 5 from the ELCA, signed a letter that said,
"we raise our voices again today, to call once more for change and to make the moral claim that our dedication to guns and to violence is, in religious terms, idolatry. We appear to be willing to sacrifice even our own children to this warped ideology, wrapped in the second amendment as if it were Holy Scripture."
These "Christian" pastors even say prayers are "...meaningless if they do not change us and our actions." Seriously? They should be defrocked if they think prayers are meaningless. (see here)
- WELCA wades into the gun debate,
- The Rocky Mountain Synod posted this on their Facebook page,
- And here is Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA Bishop Jim Gonia marching,
- Finally, ELCA Advocacy and the ELCA's Metro D.C. synod will participate in the March For Our Lives -
Read more about the ELCA's stance on guns here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
3/23/2018 08:07:02 am
"We appear to be willing to sacrifice even our own children to this warped ideology, wrapped in the second amendment as if it were Holy Scripture."
3/24/2018 09:39:35 am
I am an NRA member. I never cared enough for ARe to buy one (when they were available). I agree there is no practical purpose for the rifles and I don't have a problem with banning a rifle with the same receiver as an M16, an AK47 or similar type of military round, semi auto rifle. It's come to a point where distribution and abuse of the privilege to own one is out of control. But on the other hand for a clergy member to call law abiding people from the NRA, organization or who ever the clergyperson is referring to as "evil" is over the top, shameful and inappropriate. It's a reflection of the radical leftist progressives that dominate and control our church body. The church is dying and the latter-mentioned group is to blame.
George in Texas
3/24/2018 03:24:32 pm
Just a correction. The church cannot die. But this expression of it (ie. ELCA) is. Your best bet is to seek places where the Gospel is preached in its purity. Also I believe the Lutheran Confessions point to the best of the New Testament kerygma and that being the Gospel thrives currently but only in some places. Good luck.
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