The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 8, 2013

Repent and believe


DANVILLE — Editor:

Regardless of one’s political affiliation and personal opinion on the topic of same-sex marriage, here’s the long and short of it, at least for me as a Lutheran pastor.

God instituted marriage; it is not ours to change. God defined marriage; it is not ours to redefine. God has declared it unlawful; it is not ours to declare lawful. God calls it sinful; it is not ours to call good.

But here’s the real kicker. God gave his Son to redeem and forgive folks like us who insist on changing what he has instituted, redefining what he has defined, making lawful what he has made unlawful, and calling good what he calls sinful.

In the words of Jesus, “Repent and believe the Gospel.”

The Rev. Kent A. Tibben