To the editor:
As I write this letter, I am reminded how broken we are as we debate the marriage amendement to our State Constitution.
I was blessed to have a Christian mother and father, Mom for 65 years, Dad for 75 years. I was raised in the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod. The LCMS is a strong supporter of the marriage amendment and also a large Lutheran Church body in Minnesota.
My father was a strong supporting figure in my life as was my mother. They also supported each other in all things, especially in our beliefs. I could not imagine exchanging my father for a woman or my mother for a man and calling it a marriage.
God instituted marriage between a man and a woman and it did not change in the Gospels of the New Testament. All religions and societies, including pagans from the beginning of time have recognized marriage as between a man and a woman.
In a recent "Open Letter to the Catholic Archbishop", Rev. Herbert Chilstrom of the ELCA criticized Archbishop John Nienstedt for his stance on the marriage amendment. I respectfully believe he is in error, first in criticizing another religion's views and also in a biblical sense.
Rev. Chilstrom, as an ordained servant of the Word, I assume that you believe in the Bible as the infallible word of God. When you read Genesis, Ch. 2, v. 23, 24, and 25, you will find that God instituted marriage between a man and a woman.
Reading Genesis 18, v. 16 through Ch. 19, God addresses sexual immorality. In the New Testament, 1st Corinthians, v. 12-20 addresses sexual immorality in all of us, no exceptions.
1st Corinthians, Ch. 7, v. 1-5 addresses marriage between a man and a woman.
Revelations, Chapter 22, v. 18-21 warns that you neither add to or take away from his prophecy.
All things being said, marriage is for procreation, having children, raising children ideally in a loving two parent home, ie, a Mother and Father.
I also realize that there are single parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and gay parents doing a good job raising children needing care by someone who loves them. This does not change the definition of marriage!
People should make this decision on the marriage amendment, not judges from the bench, three or five people making law for millions of people in Minnesota.
We are what we teach our next generation. I urge voters to vote "YES" on the marriage amendment.