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MARRIAGE: Follow Scripture, not popularity polls

Letter by Kathleen A. Elfers, Enumclaw on May 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm | 19 Comments »
May 21, 2012 1:08 pm

Re: “Strong, true Christians accept and embrace their gay brethren” (Viewpoint, 5-20).

First of all, I was taken aback at the offensive tone of the headline. Does the Rev. Donald Heinz truly believe that unless I hold the liberal views of the group of retired Lutheran pastors he represents I cannot be a strong, true Christian?

This strikes me as intolerance turned on its head: I must tolerate a view that is different from mine, but others can be intolerant of my viewpoint.

Should demographic studies that show that “anti-gay prejudice” will be obsolete by the next generation be an argument for the validity of same-sex marriage? I would rather use Scripture as the basis for showing God’s intention that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

I grew up in the Lutheran church and belong to the same Evangelical Lutheran Church in America denomination as Heinz. I do not consider myself “prejudiced” nor do I have “arms full of antipathy.” I have no problem with the “inclusiveness” of Christ’s love. I believe, as does Heinz, that the grace of Christ has “set us free to love and serve all our neighbors.”

I certainly hope that, though my views do not have the same liberal bent of Heinz and his group, I am still “included” as a strong, true Christian.

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