Okay, this topic for this week's Tuesday Talk might get a little heated & such but I just want to start off by saying that this is my opinion on the subject. If you don't agree, that's fine but please do not attack me & my beliefs as I will not do the same to you. Thank you.
With that said, my husband is on the mailing list for a local Lutheran school as Trouble had gone there for about two seconds (don't get me started on that!). Well, this morning he gets an email & a new part of their application is this:
"Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
___ ___ ___ We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as
male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image
and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the
image of God within that person.
___ ___ ___ God gave marriage as a picture of the relationship between Christ and
His bride the church (Eph. 5:32). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one
meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as
delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25; Matt 19:5-6.) We believe that God intends
sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each
other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) We believe that God has commanded that no
intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a
___ ___ ___ We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery,
fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of
pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
___ ___ ___ We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of
**** Lutheran High School as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a
biblical role model to our students, it is imperative that all persons serving on the
Board of Directors, employed by **** Lutheran High School in any
capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
___ ___ ___ We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess
and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts
3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
___ ___ ___ We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love,
kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing
behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not
in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of **** Lutheran High School.
I have reviewed the statements above as indicated by my initials before each of them,
and agree to be governed by all the provisions herein."
I could not believe it! I still cannot! Even if Trouble wanted to attend school there, she could not if she was "sexually confused". I believe that if you want to praise the Lord & all that jazz, this should not matter. You should be able to go & praise & speak the word of God & spread the LOVE of God, not be banished from His home because your idea of love is not what others think it should be. Blah!
One father wrote an eighteen page letter about this part of the application all with supporting Bible verses to his side. I didn't get a chance to read the whole thing but the part that really stuck out was this: "Leaders, Nations, & Religions throughout history have also used the bible to do unimaginable & despicable things to people in the name of their beliefs! From hangings, burning people at the stake, slavery, & HANGING PEOPLE ON A CROSS! Have we not learned anything from this?!"
Again, please don't attack me. At the end of the day, all I really care about is that people are just good. I believe that love is love & if you love someone, that should be celebrated. There is just not enough love in the world...