To the Editor:
Some years ago now, when I was a staff chaplain at Regions Hospital, I remember a former Minnesota Governor say something like the following to an audience of about 1000 pastors. He hoped no one would take the new ELCA to court for truth in labeling, referring to the word "evangelical." A Google search "What is an Evangelical?" includes this distinctive: "Biblicism: a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority."
To have a former presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America appeal to his brothers, "The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota" in the Star Tribune, December 8, 2011, and tell them they are making "a significant mistake" when they "work for the adoption of the so-called marriage protection amendment" was ludicrous to me! It was the priest, Martin Luther, who challenged his brothers because he discovered the teaching in the Bible that "the just shall live by faith alone."(Romans and Galatians).
Then to have the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA vote on February 17 to go "on record against changing the state Constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman" suggests the possibility of their ignorance of what the Scripture teaches about that very matter.
Jesus does care about "these sons and daughters of my church!" quoting the former bishop. Jesus also reserved his harshest criticisms for the religious leaders who disregarded the very words of God contained in the Scriptures!
As Archbishop Nienstedt of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese said to me in a recent email: “I appreciate the sentiments that prompted you to write. Let us continue to work and pray for the passage of the Marriage Amendment.” As a protestant I am grateful for one of his parishioners, David Gaither, who will support that amendment.
Rev. Dr. S. Kenneth Nelson