The March 17 edition of the West Central Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune is a tale of two newspapers. The West Central Tribune's headline focused on the ethics of taping a public ministerial meeting in which Sen. Dean Johnson made untruthful statements to his ministerial colleagues. The focus was on the ethics of the recording, not the ethics of the statements Johnson made.
Leviticus 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13 "If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death." The use of Leviticus to condemn and reject homosexuals is obviously a hypocritical, selective use of the Bible against gays and lesbians. Nobody today tries to keep all the laws of Leviticus. Leviticus 11:1-12 states that all unclean animals are forbidden as food, including rabbits, pigs, oysters, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, and clams.
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We support Sen. Dean Johnson in the difficult matter of a recent private conversation with pastoral colleagues concerning the proposed marriage amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.
The issue of Senator Johnson versus Pastor Waldemarsen is indeed a smokescreen, to distract from God's absolute truth. I wonder how a minister can be a leader called by God for his people and at the same time pick and choose which books of the Bible he will validate and which ones he won't. People today are thirsty for God's truth and not for washed down, feel-good religion. Last time I checked my Bible, the Book of Leviticus was still part of it and Leviticus 18:22 states that "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.
Since the first serpent reared its cunning head in the Garden of Eden, society has lived with snakes among us. Why, then, should we be surprised by the recent taping at a local ministerial meeting? Alice Johnson New London
The communities of Spicer and Green Lake are facing an approaching crossroads on the future regarding the landmark restaurant/building, known as Melvin's on the Lake. Owner Dave Baker announced this week that this summer could be the last for the restaurant located on the western shore of Green Lake. The building has been a part of the Spicer/Green Lake community for nearly 90 years, first opening as part of the Green Lake Country Club in 1917. The building has housed a restaurant since 1983, under various owners. Baker is in a tough situation.
My brother's name is Matthew. The youngest of five children, he is the son of an Alexandria born, World War II veteran father and a Dawson native mother. Our parents raised us in the Christian faith including regular church attendance and daily family prayer. Most importantly, they taught us to live the faith we professed. Both were lifelong Eisenhower Republicans and active in our home community and church. Matthew is 47 years old, an ordained minister, and after a successful decade of service in the ministry, he has enjoyed a distinguished career in the nonprofit and corporate worlds.
What lesson can be learned about the recent, recorded exchange of information among some local clergymen in a casual setting? Perhaps, it would be a lesson for some on self-righteousness or a lesson on the use of secular power. Maybe it is simply a lesson in espionage. In my opinion, it could be a lesson in all three, despite the fact that this meeting was all about politics and less to do with religion. And resembling less of a democracy and more of a totalitarian approach to dissention.
I must commend Brent Waldemarsen for his nerve and desire to expose Dean Johnson. I know it's never good to do things undercover, but for the good of all, it was a courageous thing to do. Dean Johnson has lied and deceived us long enough. It's time for a change. Caroline Kreps Willmar