National Lutheran News

Lutheran leaders sign on “Marriage and Religious Freedom” letter

Thirty-nine leaders of religious church bodies, including the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Rev. John Bradosky, bishop of the North American Lutheran Church, have written an open letter addressing their concerns about marriage and religious freedom.

“As religious leaders across a wide variety of faith communities, we join together to affirm that marriage in its true definition must be protected for its own sake and for the good of society,” the letter states. “We encourage all people of good will to protect marriages as the union between one man and one woman, and to consider carefully the far-reaching consequences for the religious freedom of all Americans if marriage is redefined,” it continues.

The letter, titled “Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together,” was released January 12. Signatories included leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Mormon, and Pentecostal church bodies in the United States.

“Being bold in our confession of Christ to a hostile culture is never easy. There are times when making a stand for what we believe brings us into relationship with those of diverse theological perspectives. That is certainly the case among those who have joined together to sign the statement released today regarding the preservation of religious freedom, the sanctity of marriage, and the definition of marriage preserved in the Scripture and the faithful interpretation of the Scriptures over thousands of years,” said Bradosky.

“Increasingly, state and local governments are turning their alleged bigotry cannons on the church and her institutions,” added Harrison.

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