To The Reader's Forum:
A recent letter not only labels Jeff Short's religion as "hate," but misunderstands and attacks Christianity itself. Jesus and the New Testament authors were consistent and clear about what is moral sexual behavior (Matthew 19:1-12, Romans 1:21-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:10, 2 Peter 2:6-10, Jude 7, Mark 7:21-23, Ephesians 4:17-24 etc).
But such attacks aren't surprising in our rebellious generation. As one evangelist said, "The reason some people don't like the Bible is because it knows all about them."
Christians are still obligated by the command of Jesus Himself to preach the Gospel. At least we are no longer being fed to lions and tigers in the arena. But no matter how unpopular the moral demands of the New Testament message become, we will not turn back from the Lord's command.
Some think that love means ignoring sin. But that would be as un-loving as doctors ignoring cancer.
America was founded on religious freedom, and our laws and institutions were based on Judeo-Christian philosophy and law. We are free to proclaim our beliefs.
The letter also implied Jeff doesn't know any gay people. I cannot speak for him, but I've known a number of gays, and I also know two ex-gays. Talk about hate - the persecution directed at ex-gays by gay activists is appalling.
The Boy Scouts need not change their stance on what is morally acceptable and beneficial. Jeff made very logical, valid points regarding the rights of the BSA as a private organization. And intense, nasty pressure is often being put on them.
Pastors were once respected by unbelievers, but this often isn't the case anymore. The writer even mockingly put the word pastor in quotation marks when referring to Pastor Jeff.
Only the Gospel provides true liberation to people. Jesus died on the cross for not only my sins of pride, lying, lust, etc but also for murder, rape, prostitution, homosexuality, adultery, and the rest.
Sadly, I know of no group in 2,000 years of Christian history that has responded to the Gospel with the bitterness that the homosexual movement and their supporters do today. We see no widespread protest and attacks from adulterers, addicts, thieves, prostitutes, or occultists due to what the Gospel says to them.
There are likely one hundred Christian ministers in our area who believe the same thing Jeff does. Yet few dare to speak up in a public forum like this, though we are witnessing the moral and spiritual collapse of our society.
Dr. Randall S. Braley,