We Need More Cowboys and Fewer Bureaucrats in the LCMS – BJS Member Shares his Wyoming Perspective on the Concordia-Chicago Play

Editor’s Note: I was pleased this Thanksgiving morning to see one of my parish members, Tye Fox,  chime in on the “Laramie Project” controversey at Concordia-Chicago. Tye is a member of our BJS chapter at church and even hosted our BJS NCAA basketball bash in his home last Spring. Tye was well catechized by Pastor Marcus Zill at the campus church in Laramie and he grew up helping his father who is a real live Wyoming cowboy so he knows a thing or two about Lutheran theology and  the cowboy culture. Tye is a high school Spanish teacher in the Chicago suburbs. His comment deserves a wider publication and so we have dropped it onto the homepage here. His last line demonstrates how  common sense  cowboy wisdom can see things so clearly and simply.

Tye Fox – November 26th, 2009 at 11:22 | #70

While I have not read the entire string of commentary, I would like to post my perspective on the whole Laramie Project issue. I am a Wyoming native, and was attending college at the time of the Matthew Shepard incident. While no person deserves to be treated as he was, please do not be deceived by what the play or the media would have you believe. Matthew Shepard was not murdered for merely being gay. There were a lot of underhanded dealings that contributed to his death. He was not the victim of a hate crime based on sexual preference, but rather the tragic victim of drug abuse and debauchery. The two criminals who murdered Matthew were not even from Wyoming, and were of questionable character themselves. His case was one that the liberal media spun to champion their cause of gay rights.

It is unfortunate that Concordia chose to produce a play which was spawned from a tragic murder that had little or nothing do do with the victims sexual preference. I would hope in the future that our  universities would be more diligent in choosing plays that are consistent with scripture and glorify God, not the sinfulness of man.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


We Need More Cowboys and Fewer Bureaucrats in the LCMS – BJS Member Shares his Wyoming Perspective on the Concordia-Chicago Play — 3 Comments

  1. Tye, thank you for giving us a perspective, that we would not get elsewhere. It is always tragic, when a life is taken, albeit, for any reason. You give a unique persepective in this, and for that, I thank you so very much!!!

  2. I’m posting here for you.

    If you had actually read any of my posts carefully, you would realize that I already mentioned articles about the issues Tye rightly raises here. I NEVER suggested that the case was exclusively about “gay-bashing” nor did I state definitively that it was a good idea for CU-C to put on this play. I DID state that homosexuality and how we treat homosexuals in our society is an appropriate topic for Christians to discuss, especially at a university.

    Our further discussion on the previous thread began to revolve around the role of government in enforcing rules against outward sin. Even though I affirm and believe that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a SIN, I do NOT think the government should make it illegal for consenting adults to engage in homosexual behavior. Apparently, some other people DO think government should do so. We simply disagree.

    I hope that clarifies things for you.

  3. Matt, I am glad you posted here, thank you for doing so. You & I differ on laws based on & for an defining line of moral behavior. A government, any govenment, (history is a great gauge) has always set a moral code within itself. Why? To prevent the decay of that society into chaos. Free & Personal moral codes differ, as each person’s ideals differ, when no code exists. Until 30 years ago, same sex relations, pre marital relations, adultery (still a felony in Wisconsin, btw) drunkeness (by alcohol or drug), those laws existed, to level a line of definition. Now, what happens when drunkeness, is socially accepted? You get the laws Wisconsin has, the worst in the nation today. So, in Wisconsin, adultery is a felony, but it takes 5 DWI/OWI’s to become a felony. Why? A few, thought it was morally acceptable, and thus, no defining line exists. Is one taking the life of another, still immoral? Yes, but…only per circumstance now. Why? Because of a few, who’s “morality” differed from the norm, it is now acceptable. When morality laws are repealled, you enable a few, to become a law unto themselves and make it a law for the many. Eventually, what is the natural progression? You take the “law or your idea of it” into your own hands. That mix, coupled with the “lifestyle additives” that go along with that mindset, end in the situation above.

    Where does that leave the Church & those who believe what it teaches? With a choice. Bend to society’s changing ideas of law & morality, or bend to God’s Unchanging idea of law & morality. Drunkeness, is socially accepted, but condemned by God. Adultery is socially accepted, but condemned by God. Murder is socially accepted (abortion, self murder) is socially accepted, but condemned by God. Where would you make a line Matt? God already has, we either choose to submit to His or we choose to rebel against His. Wise is the government that uses the One already laid out, not by force, but in Love by a Loving God!

    Now the Church has a choice, do we desensitize our sheep to these issues, or stress/teach God’s Word pertaining to them? That is the choice, and Chicago-Concordia made a “poor” Biblical but “socially” acceptable choice. Do our LCMS Universities, serve the Author of their existance or do they serve society’s ideals? The are to serve & their “mission” is to spread the Word, the WHOLE WORD, not just the parts society accepts or chooses. They dropped the ball big time! So has our people, both within & outside His Church. Look at your country today.

    Moral laws, exist, not to pen in, or penialize a person, they exist to prevent further decay, damage, pain and chaos, for not just society, but for that individual. So do God’s Laws, both in the Commandments and in the books related to His Law. When we forget that, all we have to do is revisit what happened IN Israel, before God corrected their forgetfullness.

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