I have been reading the letters about the marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution with some interest. I can see some validity on both sides of the question, and there are valid quotes from Scripture that seem to support both sides. However, I would suggest that the Bible doesn't really align itself readily with either extreme. The Scriptures do tell us to love our neighbor, our enemies, and everything in between.
The overwhelming suggestions and responses from the marriage protection people and concerned Minnesota citizens state concerning comprehensive and complete marriage protection have been incredible. We have also seen at least one local church leader that has been brave enough to risk criminal prosecution and violate the confidence of his own colleagues by secretly taping a closed and private conversation that indicated another colleague could well be trying to prevent people from wasting precious time and effort on a smokescreen issue that probably won't go anywhere anyway.
There seems to be a large amount of confusion and misinformation surrounding the taping of Sen. Dean Johnson's comments on the defense of marriage amendment at a New London pastors' meeting. I am a member of Harvest Community Church and Brent Waldemarsen is my pastor. I know that Waldemarsen has taken every opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the taping, but unfortunately, that message does not seem to be getting out in the local paper. First of all, this was not an informal lunch with fellow pastors, as Johnson first tried to characterize it.
There certainly is more than a germ of truth in the recent Olivia letter writer's point that Sen.
The proponents of the marriage amendment have suffered a setback. I don't know what the pastor who released the tape was thinking. We assume he thought that once Sen. Dean Johnson's comments were exposed, the public would be repulsed by the senator's duplicity. Where has he been? Has he been out of the university so long that he thinks truth matters? For years now the professors of the left have been indoctrinating us with the philosophy that says truth is whatever you want it to be. Johnson is a model student.
Our national leaders are eavesdropping on us and some local religious leaders are also eavesdropping without regard to anyone's privacy or rights. It was done maliciously and without regret. Just who is at work here and who can we trust? They are also pushing for an unnecessary constitutional amendment really hard. Why? I suspect a large conspiracy with an agenda not in the interest of the people of Minnesota. These things are a danger to the very roots of democracy; our Founding Fathers wisely created checks and balances in our government.
I am an independent voter, either party, but after reading about Sen. Dean Johnson's situation, I thought this was the worst that another minister would try to ruin the reputation of one of our more honest politicians and who also is a minister. Whichever party you belong to, this was the worst of the worst. When Johnson apologized the next day and said he embellished his comments, he showed his integrity.
You have to admire a man that accepts responsibility and publicly apologizes when he says something in the heat of the moment that turns out to be wrong. Sen. Dean Johnson did just that several times over the last week and once again proved his integrity and personal courage. I forgive him and I freely admit that I have said inaccurate things in public on more than one occasion. But I am not in the middle of an election and people generally don't go after me when I make a mistake. Don't forget, Chief Supreme Court Justice Russell Anderson was appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
During the confirmation hearings of President Bush's two nominees for the Supreme Court, the liberals pressured both candidates to declare their stand and how they would vote on issues such as abortion. Both stated there is no way you can prejudge an issue.
One of Sen. Dean Johnson's jobs at the Capitol is to protect the constitution. The constitution was written by people who were a lot smarter than the religious zealots who are trying to change it. I know that the senator's moral and religious beliefs are far above the hate-mongers who are trying to slander him. Glen Rambow Raymond