To the Editor:
In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
The Rev. David Barnhart writes: "So far in the history of the human race, no child has ever been born without a biological father and mother. Now, in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Executive Branch of the federal government is arguing that, regardless of the biological facts of parenthood, states have no legitimate and defensible interest in ensuring that children conceived by a mother and a father are in fact raised by mothers and fathers. The brief that the Justice Department presented to the Supreme Court (in response to California's Proposition 8) discussed children only as items controlled by others, not as individual human beings who have God-given rights of their own."
Adults will continue to debate issues of conscience and morality until Christ returns. Children, however, do not have the same interest or privilege. Demonstrating an active faith in Jesus yields results that can be observed and measured; to put it another way: faith without works is dead (James 2:17). I implore you to voice your opinion on behalf of those with less power (or little to no power?children) to your legislators who are currently considering the redefinition of marriage from: one man and one woman to: two people who love each other.
Why does it matter? It matters because nature alone teaches us that life is precious and fragile; and that new life is created through the unbreakable biological laws inscribed into the very fabric of human existence, re: the law of nature by nature's God. Of course, the Holy Bible instructs us as well. Predictably, however, adults are not all in agreement about the laws contained in that book.
It matters because decisions made by those in power frequently result in unforeseen or even dangerous consequences for people caught up in the turmoil of the shifting tides of public opinion. Dare we to make the hard job of raising kids in this world even more complicated? When the rights of the smallest of our citizens - created in the image of God - who are already at risk as a result of actions taken by adults (even when choices made by adults were in no way intended to harm them) are overlooked everyone loses. Simply put: it's a lot harder to be a kid than it was 30 years ago.
It may be too simplistic (or nave) for me to continue to wish that the primary purpose of the law of the land is to protect the more vulnerable populations in our midst. I say this even as I maintain the utmost admiration for people who legally adopt and/or foster-raise children in order to give them the best life possible. My point is this: Even though the ideal for family is marred by our broken nature (sin), it's still the original plan.
This Sunday at 6:30 p.m. you have the opportunity to gather at Grace Life Church, 601 E. College Drive, for a Community Prayer and Worship Service to pray for our nation. Thursday is the National Day of Prayer in which Christians will collectively bow before Almighty God to ask for forgiveness, guidance and peace and to listen for the voice of God in our land.
The Rev. Kelly Wasberg
Living Word Lutheran Church, Marshall