From the Pastor’s Desk – April 2021

Christians Must Return to Boldly Speaking the Truth

This year’s Lenten Sermon Series focused on the many ways our loving God calls us back to Him  Returning to the Lord is a good and blessed thing.   “Return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and merciful slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.“ One area of returning to the Lord that was not considered in the Lenten Series is returning to speaking the truth.  The Church has become much too silent when it comes to what is good and right.  This has happened in part because people don’t want to get involved or they don’t want to discuss anything that seems “too political”.   I believe that we must ALWAYS speak the truth, even when it is not comfortable or “politically correct” to do so.

Where was the Church in 1973 when the Supreme Court legalized abortion?   Don’t we believe, based on God’s Holy Word, that as Creator, He alone is to determine life and death?  Are we speaking the truth? Shouldn’t the Church be speaking up today about this hypocrisy when it comes to life issues?  Like for instance when the Governor of West Virginia can sign a bill into law that prohibits the death penalty but last year also sign a bill into law that allows the taking of human life in the womb up to the day of birth.

Where was the Church in 2015 when the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in all fifty states?   Don’t we believe, based on God’s Holy Word, that as God He was the one who determined that it was not good for the man to be alone, so he created a woman for him.  That He created marriage and the parameters of what marriage is?  (Cf. Genesis 1-2, Ephesians 5).  He created them male and female.  Adam was married to a woman, not another man.  Why?  Because God also told man to be fruitful and multiply.  That can only be done naturally when it includes a man and a woman.

Where IS the Church in 2021 when the United States Congress is poised to pass the Equality Act?

You might wonder how I could be against something that sounds so good and loving.   The answer is simple, there is no real equality coming because of this act.  It intends to, in fact, take away deeply held religious beliefs and replace them with government mandates.

The LCMS Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty (LCRL) is a religious liberty organization in Washington, D.C. The Center provides input, education, advice, advocacy, and resources in the areas of life, marriage and religious liberty and seeks to engage in discussions in Washington, D.C., to establish partnerships and resources in our nation’s Capital for the sake of our churches, schools, universities, and seminaries.  https://lcrlfreedom.org/

The LCRL supports The Heritage Foundation which recently wrote:
“The proposed Equality Act of 2021 (H.R. 5) would make mainstream beliefs about marriage, biological facts about sex differences, and many sincerely held beliefs punishable under the law. The Equality Act makes discrimination the law of the land by forcing Americans to conform to government-mandated beliefs under the threat of life-ruining financial and criminal penalties. Presented as a bill with commonsense and decent protections against discrimination, H.R. 5 is anything but. The Equality Act politicizes medicine and education and demolishes existing civil rights and constitutional freedoms.”

Along with The LCMS Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty (LCRL), I am encouraging you  to write your congressman and oppose the Equality Act.

I encourage you to take action.  We,  in the Church, cannot be silent anymore.   We must speak the truth or the truth will be lost.