Craig Minich's statement (April) that our church
laws are outdated, discriminatory and degrading is not helpful with the
struggles in our church. I understand why churches struggle with gay
issues. To ordain ministers who are noncelibate gays--and in
relationships with others of the same sex--is troubling to many.
Former ELCA presiding bishop Herbert Chilstrom said, "The arms of the ELCA are broad enough that we can allow [same-sex unions] to happen in some of our churches." Some of us see these arms as tentacles trying to crush our dissension. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said: "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction ... and those who find it are few." The homosexuals have selected a gate that is too wide.
Harry P. Coleman Jr.
Martins Ferry, Ohio
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