Re: Lutheran pastors supporting same-sex marriage (Viewpoint, 5-20).
I have yet to hear any one of them give a biblical basis for support of homosexuality, that is from Bible verses. All I’ve heard were opinions that are primarily feelings-based and contingent on self.
People refer to Jesus as accepting of homosexuality, because he commands that we love our neighbor as ourselves, but that doesn’t mean that it includes embracing sin. If we know the truth, then we ought to at least inform our neighbor of it. Remember, the true Christian follows the bible, not his or her fleeting thoughts or feelings. The Bible is counterintuitive. This is why it’s so radical. Especially today, since leaning on our own intuitiveness is on the increase, so it seems.
Publicly chastising those who follow the Bible faithfully – and now asking churchgoers to not sign the Referendum 74 petition – seems to have two purposes. One is to persuade the weak in faith to go with the trends of our culture and not on the Bible. Two is to lay the groundwork for declaring the church illegitimate if the same-sex marriage bill is rejected in November.
Either way, it’s political correctness at its filthiest and baseless when referring to the Bible. Lord knows I signed R-74. I did it not because someone told me to do it, but so that I can vote my conscience in November, based on the rock of biblical principles and not on the shifting sands of public opinion.