Earlier today I was forwarded the following e-mail, which was sent out by Matthew Harrison, president of the The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It was sent to me by one of the church’s officials, who thought it stated the no-gays-in-the-military case very well.
I find it utterly pathetic, and consider these people to be as holy as a brothel. Where, I ask again, is the outrage against adulterers in the military? How about soldiers who take God’s name? How about those who covet the wives of others?
On and on it goes …
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In a surprising turn of events in the waning days of the current Congress, the effort to repeal the U.S. militaryâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy has gained new momentum with the announcement today of support from Republican senators Scott Brown (Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Olympia Snowe (Maine). The repeal may be voted on in the Senate as early as tomorrow. For a number of reasons, we encourage you to let your elected leaders know that The Lutheran Churchâ€”Missouri Synod has a clear biblical position on this important issue.
In terms of our spirituality, we are all alike sinners (Rom. 3:9ff.) in need of repentance and forgiveness. For 2,000 years the church has welcomed sinners, but refused to affirm sin. The saving grace of Jesus Christ and His Gospel are for all people (2 Cor. 5:19), and the only thing that separates us from this forgiveness is a lack of repentance or sorrow over our sin. We believe the repeal of the â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy will sorely inhibit our military chaplainsâ€™ ability to call all sinners to repentance.
If the government normalizes homosexual behavior in our military branchesâ€”a behavior that we believe Godâ€™s Word identifies as intrinsically sinful (Rom. 1:26ff)â€”the implications are profound. Military chaplains striving to carry out their responsibilities for preaching, counseling, and consoling will find themselves under the strain of having to question whether to obey God or men (Acts 5:29).
Lastly, we express our concern as citizens that a move by the government to essentially affirm homosexual behavior within the armed forces will endanger the morale or esprit de corpsâ€”the unit cohesion and the primary mission of the military, namely, to prosecute and win the warâ€”of the men and women who serve and willingly place themselves in harmâ€™s way on our behalf.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we urge you to share this message today with your colleagues, congregational members, and any others whom you believe would benefit from it and be moved to contact their government representatives.
For more information on this issue, see The Lutheran Study Bible, Page 1911, on Romans 1.
God bless you.
Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, President
The Lutheran Churchâ€”Missouri Synod
Dr. Mark J. Schreiber,
CAPT, CHC, USN, (Ret.)
Director, LCMS World Missionâ€™s Ministry to the Armed Forces