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Biblical marriages not models for emulation

Kudos to the Journal Gazette for covering the dueling marriage rallies held on the grounds of the Courthouse on July 1. However, I was disheartened to read that Pastor Wendell Brane opened his remarks to the Stand Up for Marriage rally by nodding to his wife, Terry, who was standing next to him, and saying, “This is what biblical marriage looks like. One man, one woman.” Brane went on to say, according to the report, that the Bible describes marriage as heterosexual, monogamous and committed.

I’m sorry, but as I read the Bible as a fellow Christian pastor, I’m hard-pressed to find the “biblical marriages” to which Brane refers so confidently.

My point is not to say we can’t derive guidance from the Bible in making sense of a faithful Christian understanding of marriage today. In the church, we do and we should. But we must interpret the Bible with theological acumen and wisdom. Frankly, if we’re limited to biblical examples of marriage, then many of us have already deviated from the mark. Instead, we must engage in responsible interpretation of the Bible, with a careful eye on our theological traditions and in conversation with the minds God gave us and the experiences we’ve shared. Perhaps then, with the help of the Spirit, we can brush up a little closer to the reality of this holy mystery in which somehow and some way God joins two people together as one.

JEFF LEHN Pastor, First Presbyterian Church Fort Wayne

‘Partner’ is solution to semantic problem

Our country has a problem to solve, and I have the answer. All marriages are between a man and a woman. I don’t have a problem with two men or two women living together. The word for two people of the same gender is partner. The two can still love each other and still enjoy the same tax as the married couples. Problem solved.


Southern heritage worthy of respect

As a proud life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, I felt compelled to reply to Audrey DeCoursey’s letter (“Stars and bars same as Nazi swastika,” June 30).

We have nothing to do with the Lions Club’s use of the battle flag image in promoting its outdoor festival. The image being discussed is a battle flag, a soldier’s flag, not the Stars & Bars as the headline referred to.

Rather than listen to political correctness that some try to pass off as history, why not read the words of the men of that time who lived it? They will tell you states’ rights and high tariffs imposed on the South were the main issues that brought on a separation from the Union.

We are deeply offended when any hate group uses our sacred symbols to promote fear and dissent. To equate any flag to a Nazi flag is a terrible injustice to the truth and the brave citizen soldiers who fought to repel unwanted invaders from their homeland. Would you not do the same yourself?

Lee told his troops at Appomattox to go home and become good citizens and together, North and South, they built this great nation. Let’s respect each other’s heritage and follow Lee’s advice.