Thank you for your local reporting on religious news in the Oct. 11, 2018, issue of The Elizabethtown Advocate; “Progressive Christians Hold Political Rally in County” and “Brethren Clergy Won’t Lose Credentials for Same-Sex Weddings.”
In the first article by LNP Staff Writer Earle Cornelius, Doug Pagitt, an evangelical pastor from Minneapolis, said “some Republican Christians he has spoken to are more loyal “to the Second Amendment then to the Second Commandment.” I think his comment needs clarification. He is clearly referring to Amendment II of the Constitution: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free Sate, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” The second part of his quote is not clear as to whether he is referring to the second commandment in the Old Testament given by God to Moses, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” Exodus 20:23. Since he is referring to evangelical Republicans and Democrats he should know they worship the same God. Jesus was asked, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all they heart, soul, and might. Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 from the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible). In Matthew 22:38-39 Jesus went on to say, “This is the first and great commandment and the second is like it, Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself.” This is probably the second commandment Mr. Pagitt is referring to.
In the article on the Atlantic Northwest District Conference of the Church of the Brethren it appears there is still division over Brethren clergy ministering to samesex couples. The vote was over 50 percent but not the two-thirds needed to make it policy.
Am I the only one who sees a common theme here? Christians are allowing the Body of Christ to be divided by partisan party politics and social justice issues. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34.