Readers write: September 30, 2019 issue

September 25, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 17
Various Contributors |


Senior aches over ‘what the issue of LGBTQ+ has done’
Re:Queer hymns now online,” Aug. 19, page 35.

This, as I remember it, is my second letter to Canadian Mennonite over the many years.

It is disturbing to read this article. Why do we have to change the wording of hymns to suit a certain group in our churches? My God is referred to as “God the Father” and also as “He.” Will the next step be to change how we read Scripture in our worship services?

I am a senior in the church who has ached over what the issue of LGBTQ+ has done to our church and regional churches in Canada and conferences in the United States. We have lost much, and has it been worth it?

Jesus preached unity, not divisiveness.

—Anne Huebert, St. Catharines, Ont.
The writer attends St. Catharines United Mennonite Church.

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With all due respect to Ms. Huebert, Jesus did not come to bring the type of peace that the Mennonite Church currently preaches. Jesus' peace/shalom comes through obedience to His commandments and His Father's kingdom, not the world's. Thus Jesus says this about the peace the world (and the Mennonite Church) currently offers:

"Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:51-53)

Is this divisiveness not precisely what Jesus predicted would take place prior to His return? Tragically, the MC now serves as a prime example of the conflict between those who revere His word, and those who twist it to suit their personal preferences.

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