To the Editor:
As I write this letter, I am reminded how broken we are as we debate the marriage amendment to our state constitution.
I will make this perfectly clear as to who I am and where I am coming from. I am 78 years old, of German/Norwegian ancestry, fully American. I was blessed to have a Christian mother and father, Mom for 65 years and 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 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" in the Star Tribune, Rev. Herbert W. Chilstrom of the ELCA criticizes the archbishop on the marriage amendment. I respectfully believe he is in error, first in criticizing another religion's views and also in a biblical sense.
Reverend 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, Chapter 2, verses 23, 24 and 25, you will find that God instituted marriage between a man and a woman.
When you read Genesis, Chapter 18, verse 19 through Chapter 19, God addresses sexual immorality. also in the New Testament, 1st Corinthians, Chapter 6, verse 12 through verse 20, addresses sexual immorality in all of us, no exceptions.
First Corinthians, Chapter 7, verse 18-21, warns that you neither add to or take away from his prophecy.
There are many more references in the Bible. These are just some of them.
All things being said, marriage is for procreation, having children, raising children ideally in a loving two parent home, i.e., a mother and father.
I also realize that there are single parents, grandparents, aunts and 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.
Professor Fred Slocum's July article "My View" in the Mankato Free Press, uses the terms, illogical, baloney, stereotype, rubbish, etc., to argue his point of view. I believe I could use the same adjectives to describe his points. As for the added argument of taxes, insurance, inheritance, etc., this can be rectified by legislative initiative and should be done.
People should make this decision on the marriage amendment, not judges from the bench, not three to 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.