Interesting Alert on “Civil Unions” from the Catholic Conference in Illinois

The following is a press release from the Catholic Conference of Illinois sent to us by one of our readers and that I also received in my inbox this morning. It gives us some good food for thought here in “BJS-land.” There are lots of issues here such as church/state relatons, Biblical morality, and others. We are interested in your comments. (Pastor Rossow)

SNEAK ATTACK! Illinois General Assembly Sneaks in Bill 1716 Mandating Recognition of Homosexuals and so-called “Civil Unions” — CALL YOUR STATE REP NOW!!
11/22/2010 9:30:00 PM

ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE SENATE BILL 1716 Civil Unions

Please call your state representative and state senator the week of November 22 and ask him or her to vote NO on Senate Bill 1716. We expect the bill will be voted on the week of November 29. Senate Bill 1716 enacts civil unions and grants those in civil unions the same rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage. Under this bill the only difference between marriage and civil unions is the name. Your message is simple: “Vote NO on Senate Bill 1716 because it equates civil unions and marriage. I am opposed to undermining marriage in this way.” It is also true this bill could have a significant impact on the Church’s social service missions.

Laws help structure society, and they play an important role in influencing patterns of behavior and thought. If the law were to suddenly redefine marriage through civil union, there can be no doubt the perceptions of our citizens will change. In Nature, marriage cannot exist without the union of a man and woman’s complementary attributes; most importantly, their shared ability to cooperate with God in the creation and shaping of new human lives. In our country, marriage has always been granted unique protections and benefits under the law to encourage its practice as the foundation of society. Marriage exists outside the law, but is elevated for the benefit of all. If we strip this construct away, marriage as a sacred union between man and woman will lose moral value in the eyes of our citizens – particularly the young – and this profoundly important bedrock, already stressed and in too many instances failing, further weakens.

To find out who your state representative is go to www.ilga.gov and click on the “Legislative Lookup” button in the lower right portion of the home page. You may also call our Chicago (312-368-1066) and Springfield (217-528-9200) offices to ask for help in determining your state representative and senator.

For more in-depth information concerning this issue, please visit the Catholic Conference website: www.catholicconferenceofillinois.org.

Copyright CatholicCitizens. 2010. All rights reserved.

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.

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Interesting Alert on “Civil Unions” from the Catholic Conference in Illinois — 6 Comments

  1. The USCCB has published “Marriage: Unique for a Reason,” a DVD-based study on traditional marriage for the entire US Catholic Church.

    Concordia Publishing House has published “Marriage by God’s Design,” a DVD-based Bible study endorsed by LCMS President Matt Harrison, which is available here: http://www.cph.org/p-17596-marriage-by-gods-design-kit.aspx?SearchTerm=marriage%20by%20god%27s%20design.

    Folks, we have got to realize that the Immoral Left is organized and active. As Christians, we have an obligation both corporately and in our vocations as citizens to support God’s design for marriage. However, we need to do much more than “react,” belatedly, when situations like this arise.

    We must catechize our own people. Starting now.

    “Marriage by God’s Design” can help do that–even on a parish level. Imagine the entire LCMS setting aside 4-6 weeks to “have a conversation” on marriage, using the Bible verses on marriage found in the Apology to the Augsburg Confession XXIII.

    What would the impact be in your parish? Our Synod? Even outside our Synod?

    What? No way! DVDs and confessional Lutheran theology on marriage?

    Yes, way! That’s “Marriage by God’s Design.”

    Robert C. Baker
    Senior Editor, Adult Bible Studies
    Concordia Publishing House
    [email protected]

  2. #1Folks, we have got to realize that the Immoral Left is organized and active.

    Organized and active? Hmmmm, let’s see…

    Here are the political parties of the stated Senate Sponsors of SB 1716:
    David Koehler – Demonrat
    Don Harmon – Demonrat
    Kwame Raoul – Demonrat
    Kimberly A. Lightford – Demonrat
    Heather Steans – Demonrat
    Iris Y. Martinez – Demonrat
    Emil Jones, III – Demonrat

    Here are the political parties of each of the stated House Sponsors
    Greg Harris – Demonrat
    Barbara Flynn Currie – Demonrat
    John A. Fritchey – Demonrat
    Deborah Mell – Demonrat
    Constance A. Howard – Demonrat
    Sara Feigenholtz – Demonrat
    Naomi D. Jakobsson – Demonrat
    Harry Osterman – Demonrat
    Karen A. Yarbrough – Demonrat
    Camille Y Lilly – Demonrat
    William D. Burns – Demonrat

    Yes, the trend of the immoral left organization is clear – traitorous Demonrats.

  3. Saying no to SB 1716 in no way brings us any closer to enforcing Lev 18:22. God’s word is very clear ~homosexuals are to be executed!

  4. Kitty, post #4,

    Regarding the execution of homosexuals as prescribed in Leviticus: perhaps you should read Luther’s sermon “How Christians Should Regard Moses.” It is interesting.

    In a nutshell, Luther’s sermon states that Moses is dead; Christ is living. Christians should focus on what Christ says, not what Moses says. To explain, he begins with a discussion of the two major sermons that God Himself presents to His people—the first, Moses’ law, was presented specifically to the Jews, and the second, Pentecost, was presented to all peoples.

    Certain passages do almost smack of antinomianism, particularly the comment that “if anyone confronts you with Moses and his commandments, and wants to compel you to keep them, simply answer, ‘Go to the Jews with your Moses; I am no Jew.’” Read apart from the rest of Luther’s doctrine, it is easy to imagine that someone could read this sermon and get the idea that Lutherans are completely antinomian, though nothing could be farther from the truth. Luther does argue that Moses’ law is useful, insofar as it agrees with the natural law that God has already written on the hearts of man.

    According to Luther, there are actually “two kinds of doctrine and two kinds of works, those of God and those of men,” and thus clearly separating the difference between law and gospel. The law is the duty of man; the Gospel is the gift of God. The chief problem with the “enthusiasts”, as Luther called those Christians of his day who were applying the Old Testament a little too, well, enthusiastically, is that they focused on the law: the works and the doctrines that are based on man, not God. What Christians should emphasize, then, is not the law (and thereby ourselves), but God’s grace and His gospel. Another important thing to take into consideration when reading God’s Word is to whom the Word is addressed.

    Luther gives the example of the master of a house who told each member of the house to do a specific thing; if the members switch jobs with each other, they are not following the master’s command even if the jobs still get done. Likewise, Christians should pay heed to God’s intended recipient—the law is specifically for the Jews, while the gospel is for all peoples (as shown at the Pentecost). Therefore, it is key for one to “distinguish well whether the word pertains to one or to everybody.” A misinterpretation of God’s Word, such as saying, “Dear people, God has ordered His people to beat Amalek to death” is what leads to much “misery and tribulation”.

    However, the Old Testament is still useful for Christians in many ways—first, it is a good model for government; second, there are “the promises of God which sustain faith”; and third, it does provide examples for Christian lifestyle.

    I know I have given a rather lenghty diatribe in reply to a short statement, but we should still be cautious in dealing out death and judgement. By no means should homosexuality be endorsed; and certainly Leviticus does provide a good example for the Christian lifestyle. In the interest of living a good Christian life, we should say no to this piece of legislative tripe. It is, indeed, short of the prescription for homosexuality in Leviticus, but we have to ask if that order of execution is God’s word to us, or to the Jews.

    (All quotations are from Luther’s Works, “How Christians Should Regard Moses.)

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