|TWIN CITIES — Two Minnesota Lutheran synods recently passed resolutions supporting the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage constitutionally in the state as between one man and one woman. Voters will get a chance to express their position on this matter in the Nov. elections.
The Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod voted at its June convention to support the amendment.
The District, which includes nearly 250 churches and more than 127,000 baptized members in southern Minnesota, “resolved, that the MNS District reaffirm the biblical understanding of marriage as a lifelong relationship between a man and a woman …”
The resolution also encourages pastors, congregations and members “to actively pray for, support and promote the passage” of the amendment.
In addition, the Minnesota District of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod expressed its support for the marriage amendment at its June meeting.
While the group noted its historical reluctance to “speaking to or intruding on political or legislative matters … out of respect for the ‘Two Kingdoms’ principle,” it ultimately determined that “the thrust of the 2012 proposed marriage amendment … [is] in harmony with clear Scripture, especially as it points to marriage as consisting of ‘one man and one woman …’”
ACTIONPOINT: For more information about the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, visit www.mns.lcms.org. For more information about the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, visit www.wels.net.