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by Nathaniel Torrey

Former Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Herbert Chilstrom is at it again. After writing an open letter to Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, criticizing his affirmation of the Minnesota marriage amendment that will be on the ballot November 6th, Bishop Chilstrom and his wife Minister Corinne Chilstrom appear on one of a series of ads against the marriage amendment. The amendment affirms the traditional understanding of marriage as being a union between one man and one woman.

In the ad, Bishop Chilstrom admits that he was reluctant to address the issue of same-sex marriage when he was first elected Bishop. However, after being invited to a meeting where 25 gay men were present Minister Chilstrom tearfully recalls, “We just asked them ‘what do you want from the church?’ They said, ‘We just want to be accepted like everyone else.’”

The canard that Christians must not be accepting of gay people because they ask them to repent is really growing tiresome. I suppose we don’t love alcoholics either because we ask them to stop drinking, or ask liars to stop lying, gluttons to not indulge to much, and adulterers to stop having affairs. I think my point at the bottom of this previous post is sufficient for now.

There are various pieces of legislation on the presidential ballots tomorrow regarding same-sex marriage. Regardless of how you vote, don’t think the Church’s unwillingness to accept sin is not compatible with love. Let’s not forget the old, but useful, saw, “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.”