The state of Washington passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage which will take effect June 2012. Opponents of this law have started gathering signatures for a petition which would cause the law to be subject to a state-wide voter referendum (Referendum 74). In response to the petition, retired Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastors Donald Heinz, Paul Borg, Don Clinton, Daryl Daugs, Richard Hermstad, Bob Keller, Bob Olmsted, Dick Werner and Lyle Miller wrote a letter published in the Peninsula Gateway, a news publication in Gig Harbor, WA. In the letter, the retired ELCA pastors proclaim their support for same-sex marriage and ask people to not sign what they call the “anti-gay” petition.
Calling the petition “anti-gay” shows me that these ELCA leaders have little respect for people who believe God’s Word on homosexuality. They feel that they sit in a position to judge those in favor of traditional marriage, and to deem them with derogatory terms. I also find it interesting that these are retired ELCA pastors, people who most likely have been leaders in the denomination for many, many years.
The retired ELCA pastors’ letter also states:
“We do not oppose Referendum 74 because we are moral relativists who merely want Christianity to adapt itself to shifting winds. But we do note that all demographic studies make obvious that the anti-gay prejudice will be obsolete by the next generation.”
“. . . the real threats to marriage and family in the United States come from heterosexuals.”
“. . . We are particularly dismayed that the lovely sounding ‘family values’ pitch is, in fact, Christian code for homophobia and historic prejudice.”
“Conservative Christianity, whether evangelical or Catholic, seems preoccupied with the dangerous sexuality of women and the cultural border-crossings of gays.”
“. . . Christians must not simply tolerate but welcome and embrace gays and join in celebrating their life together.” (see here)
As you can read, these retired ELCA leaders are very devoted to the cause of gay marriage and they have little regard for those who disagree with them.
So why are some of you content with being a member in the ELCA?
5/18/2012 02:46:14 am
Some points we have not read here is the infectious disease and other health issues and implications associated with ilicit sexual activity. A married male and female that are partnered for life in a faithful, unadulterous marriage do not... aquire a sexually transmitted disease provided they have not had previous sexual partners. The cost to support ilicit sex is incredible. There are huge industries profiting from this. If you think of such things as birth control pills, condoms, IUD's birth control injections, latex gloves in clinics and hospitals used to prevent the spread of HIV,. Educators to teach "Safe Sex" and most all treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and treatment of those unable to conceive due to damage to the reproductive system as a result of infection. And also the abortion industry with all its negative effects, the list could go on and on......The bottom line in this, you can argue the theology of Biblical Truth on the subject of sexual morality forever, but the fact will still remain, sex outside the marriage of one man and one women has serious consequences, which in turn costs the American taxpayers and others million and trillions of dollars that could be better spent elsewhere. Indoctrination of the very young in public schools that alternative lifestyles are OK is an abomination if not criminal.... and certainly is violation against the beliefs of most of the great religions of the world.
5/18/2012 01:48:22 pm
I notice these guys refer to "the dangerous sexuality of women," not to "the allegedly dangerous sexuality of women." Seems to me there's a clue there.
5/19/2012 06:37:26 am
Ah, yes, all the hoary, hyperbolic shibboleths are dutifully trotted out by the erstwhile bishops, who, despite their protestations, ARE moral relativists and Bible-truth deniers of the first order.
5/19/2012 02:42:26 pm
Phrases in the letter such as "the cultural border-crossings of gays" and "all demographic studies make obvious that the anti-gay prejudice will be obsolete by the next generation" make me wince to think of how awful their sermons must have been.
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