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Updated: April 1, 2014 9:55AM



Call it anything else, but not marriage

The recent Fred Niedner column invoking God’s love in the gay marriage debate truly missed the mark. In stressing the message that God is love, he forgot that throughout all of scripture God is first and foremost a God of justice. The advent of sin in the world and the resulting death for all living things shows that God is serious about sin.

This debate is not about hating or even fearing people, but it is a clear declaration that the sin of homosexuality cannot be covered up by calling it marriage. God started marriage and has instilled in all mankind that it is a union between one man and one woman as the foundation of society.

God’s love says, “This is love for God, that we keep His commandments.” Love for our neighbor is not encouraging a life without God or contrary to God’s will but God’s love is teaching God’s law. To leave God’s law out of His love means we should not lead a drunk to AA but instead give them their own liquor store.

We have the freedom to call gay unions whatever we want, but marriage is a word already reserved for a man and woman. Love dictates we teach this truth.

Pastor Joseph R. Schlawin

Our Shepherd Evangelical
Lutheran Church

Crown Point

Anti-gay laws would raise many questions

Should a restaurant owner be allowed to refuse service to gays? How would the owner know that the customer was gay? Something is fishy here.

The example the supporters of the law used was of a baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay union. The restaurant example was chosen in an attempt to manipulate this debate. I resent that.

Is this a country where we have freedom for all or is freedom just for the politically correct? What happened to “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”(Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868-1956) ?

Jon Bertram

Crown Point



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