May 17, 2018
This was printed in the ELCA's Metro D.C. Synod's EVENTS DIGEST
May 17, 2018
The 2nd Amendment, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" is a hot topic of debate, especially when a gun toting wacko or terrorists strike within our country. So it is today in the aftermath of the Las Vegas killing spree.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America advocates for laws that restrict gun ownership. (see here and scroll down toward the bottom of the page)
For those ELCA members who hold the 2nd Amendment close, I'd like to share with you what the ELCA leadership has been saying the past week. Many have been on social media sharing a 2013 letter from the ELCA Conference of Bishops. It is very carefully worded but you can see though their intentions with this statement, “To focus only on guns is to miss the depth of our vocation. Yet, guns and access are keys to the challenges we face.” (see here)
In contrast to the carefully worded and cloaked intentions of the 2013 letter some bishops are very clear on their feelings, making blatant statements about having new gun laws. For example:
Sierra Pacific Synod bishop, Mark W. Holmerud writes, “I hope we will use our voices to advocate for legislative initiatives which will finally stem access to weapons such as those used in this Massacre…” And,
“Let a last word be our voices calling for a change in gun and ammunition laws which makes these acts possible.” (see here)
Then there is this from ELCA Southwest California Synod Bishop R. Guy Erwin:
The Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA writes "Violence is in our nature and unregulated armament has become our national idolatry." See below:
The ELCA Leadership Taking Part in a "Ministers March" the Washington Post Calls "A Moral Rebuke to Trump's Presidency"
Well here we go again with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America taking part in leftist politics.
Today there is a gathering called "Ministers March For Justice." The event's Facebook page describes what it is about. Here is part of the description:
"Clergy will hold the Trump Administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions accountable in the wake of an increase in hate crimes, mass incarceration, and discrimination just to name a few.
We are in grave times that call for vigilance and a mobilized effort to confront the Administration on issues that are taking us backwards." (see here)
As mentioned, the ELCA is heavily involved. The Metro D.C. Synod of the ELCA shared a post of an article titled "Religious leaders plan rally in Washington as a moral rebuke to Trump's presidency."
The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA is posting about the march:
Bishop Bill Gohl, of the Delaware-Maryland Synod is marching. Here are some of his Facebook posts which shows a lot of ELCA leaders participating:
How Bible-believing Christians, Republicans or Trump supporters can remain in this denomination I will never understand.
'See!' he said to all the people. 'This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.'
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