Leave judgment to God

To the editor:

In Trudy Madetzke’s July 1 letter to the editor, she begins by flatly saying that God does not support same sex marriage. She further asserts that the pride flag does not support those “who believe in responding to God’s love by obeying His commands.” As a Christian, I take insult to her claim — being a follower of Jesus and being LGBTQ+ are not mutually exclusive.

To my fellow Christians, I warn against those who preach anything but God’s unfailing love for humans. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans:

“Who is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?… I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I’d like to remind Trudy that the Second Commandment instructs: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” I am unable to trust those who tell me they know God’s opinion on any issue or person. I know she could throw scripture at me to back up her bigoted views, but I assure you that I can reply with even more scripture that tells us to love others as God loves us. I encourage us all to love kindness and walk humbly — leave the judgment to God.

Trudy does not have God’s authority to condemn LGBTQ+ students, nor should she and her religious opinions have authority over the public education system. Trudy says she cares about all children, but I do not believe she cares about children whose lives are not within her limited worldview, and I don’t believe she cares about my children.

I thank Marshall Public Schools for the quality education and personal and emotional growth opportunities their teachers and staff have provided me and my family for over three generations.

Barbra Springer



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