Not Over the Rainbow, but IN It! - Updated

Wrapping itself in the rainbow flag, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) yesterday voted in a measure to allow practicing homosexuals and those with same sex partners to be ordained as Lutheran priests.

The measure won by 54% of its 4.2 million church members. According to Christian Post, 46% of that body approved of the church clergy performng same-sex "marriages."

The new Mission Statement of the church, presented at the convention in Minneapolis, was named, "Human Sexuality; Gift and Trust." It was passed by a vote of 676-338 by the delegates, barely fulfilling the two-thirds vote requirement.

Despite the fact that the Bible does not support homosexual behavior--much less, ordaining them as priests (with no special requirements), supporters of this radical change brought in the bible to press their demands, stating that the document drawn up "is consistent with the biblical command to care for one's neighbor and building trusting relationships." (?) How's that again?

Martin Luther would turn over in his grave. Readers may remember the event at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. that allowed a leftist group led by James Carvalle to deliver liberal propaganda while using curse words and vulgarity from behind that pulpit, which was televised on CSPAN. And it was the parish priest that allowed this to take place. If Martin Luther were alive today, we would see more than turning over the tables of the money changers in the temple.

According to OneNewsNow, the vote was a prelude to votes scheduled for today, Friday. It is to be noted that just before the vote yesterday, a storm suddenly formed with strong winds that toppled trees outside the convention center and damaged the steeple of a Lutheran church next door. Still, the delegates voted as they intended to

This scribe will resist making a 'cause & affect' comment or statement regarding the dual event that took place. Perhaps those attending today's final vote should wear a helmet with well padded, water resistent clothing, protective gear, and stay under door frames and think before they vote. We don't believe that God is happy with the happenings.


Update: Yesterday, Friday, August 21, 2009, The Lutheran Church ELCA voted to affirm active practicing homosexual men and women to serve as clergy, which passed by 68%.


Note to Readers. This story was posted on my website, along with an outraged letter from a homosexual with my response that will be of interest

Rev. Austin Miles, an award winning writer, is a pastor/chaplain at a Bay Area church. Visit his website at


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