Much has been written of late on same-sex marriage. But let’s explore what the author of marriage has intended. The Bible defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
The “community” that reflects God’s image is a special community, the community of a man and a woman. When God chose to create man in his own image, he created a marriage, a family.
The very fiber of our society is held together by this understanding.
Many in the church keep silent in the hope this will blow over. But this is not an option for faithful, obedient followers of Christ.
Martin Luther King Jr. warned that when we learn the truth but choose to remain silent, that is when we begin to die.
King said it best: “The church is neither the master of the state nor servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.” We must speak the truth in love.
Some years ago, I stood by the bed of a pastor who was dying of AIDS. I went to his side not to condemn him but to pray for healing and restoration in his life.
I’m not writing this opposing a group of people but proposing a better way that leads to peace, fulfillment and stable relationships.
The Apostle Paul said the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but listen to teachers who tell them what they want to hear.
Timothy Keller, the world-renowned author and pastor, admits that some church people have an attraction to the same sex, but do not allow themselves to be governed by those feelings.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
As stated by author Larry Tomczak: “It is time to gain a better understanding of the Bible, not as a harsh legalistic code of dos and don’ts but rather as a guidebook of timeless wisdom. It provides us with a coherent framework for outlining society’s problems, and then prescribes answers to remedy them. Our challenge is simple: Will we follow a secular or a scriptural worldview?”
Our nation faces a critical time in its history. America will never be destroyed from the outside. As Abraham Lincoln said, “If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
We don’t have to redefine marriage but reinforce what God has ordained as marriage.
Pastor Berry Carter
City Bible Church
Metroparks need new direction
I am writing in response to the June 18 article, “Leaders of park district seek levy renewal.”
I was not so much “embittered” by the 2008 actions of the Metroparks as I was “activated.”
To effect any change in the Metroparks system will require political action. Since the commissioners are appointed (not elected) by the probate judge, a new judge willing to make changes is one step.
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer will appoint new commissioners as the current terms expire. One has already been appointed.
The other political action I feel is necessary for the time being is the denial of a tax levy renewal. (The 2006 levy was an increase.)
This should cause the Metroparks to at least start thinking about new directions and seriously question whether it is truly “Serving Summit County” or not.
That is why I became active in supporting political candidates who are more responsive and willing to help. That is why I have worked on their political campaigns.
That is why I investigate, question and probe for facts on the Metroparks, its operations and budgets.
In 2006, the Metroparks levy increase passed, but narrowly. Its controversial actions against the Corsair Model Aircraft Club, had they occurred during the 2006 levy campaign, could have easily tipped the balance to defeat.
Should the voters defeat this tax levy, the Metroparks would have another year at the higher rate set in 2006. It could spend that time re-evaluating its mission, enacting changes that would show it truly would be serving all of Summit County before the inevitable “try again.”
Trustee, Corsair Model Aircraft Club
Let doctors make medical decisions
Isn’t it amazing that a political party that constantly preaches small government and freedom from regulation deems it appropriate for that small government to regulate women’s reproductive organs?
It’s even more astonishing that, of the 35 members of that party who support House Bill 200, not one has graduated from medical school or is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology or is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio.
Yet, they have the arrogance to dictate in detail exactly how licensed physicians are to treat women, including the untruthful words they must speak, or face a $1 million fine.
Are they aware that, in Ohio, for every 100,000 births, 15 mothers die, and that equals the rate in Serbia?
Are they aware that, nationally, 1.7 million women per year, one-third of all pregnant women, will suffer from pregnancy complications?
Have they considered the possibility that licensed physicians are better qualified to treat pregnant women than are legislators? Perhaps energy could be better spent improving heath care to women, rather than obstructing care.
Legislators should get to work solving Ohio’s many economic, educational, environmental and other issues and leave the practice of medicine to licensed physicians.
Linda E. Bunyan
An education through the arts
Thank you for publishing the letter of appreciation for the All City Musical performance of Ragtime (“Uplifting performance of ‘Ragtime,’ ” June 19).
I am a parent of one of the student performers, and I was equally moved and impressed by the performance — it was a truly memorable experience.
I would like to thank the Civic Theatre and all of the show sponsors and directors for investing in the arts, in Akron and in our children.
These are the kinds of investments that make a real difference in the lives of our children, teaching lessons about art, performance, history, friendships and personal responsibility. I look forward to what the team of talented directors will show us next year.
Phony protest about privacy
I cannot help but wonder if those who are complaining the loudest about losing our privacy to the government are the same people who have been standing next to me in the grocery store, mall or gas station, talking on their cell phones at such a high pitch that nothing is left to the imagination?
Porch by porch, in Highland Square
Last October, the Highland Square Neighborhood Association’s Art in the Square steering committee came up with this wacky notion to throw a fundraiser for our annual summer art and music festival, held in late August.
The concept was to put about 30 bands and musical groups (assuming we could even get them to perform for free) on about 15 porches in a small area of Highland Square.
In late February, four of us bundled up one Sunday afternoon and spent three hours walking up and down the streets in a 10-block section of Highland Square, noting the addresses of our neighbors with porches we liked.
By mid-March or so, we somehow had 45 bands that wanted to join us.
With a collective hard swallow, we set out knocking on doors to explain our concept to our unsuspecting neighbors. For the most part, we were greeted with a bemused “You want me to do what?”
Within two more weeks, we had 60 bands and counting, all asking to play, so we headed out for a second visit with our neighbors.
This time, the response was somewhat different. It seems our neighbors had been talking to each other.
We got responses such as, “Yes, of course we want a couple bands on our porch. Do you have any country bands? Oh, and please talk to the guy at 175 because he has his own band and wants to be part of this.”
I honestly don’t know another way to put it other than we were simply dumbfounded by the willingness of people we hardly knew to trust us enough to open their porches, their yards and their hearts to all of us and our improbable idea.
It was a truly humbling experience for all of us. But, best of all, those people we hardly knew, we know them now.
I think more than anything else, the resulting event and goodwill that we saw at this inaugural PorchRokr earlier this month (there will be more) is the embodiment of what it is like to live here.
Thank you, Highland Square, for reminding us, and giving our guests a glimpse into, what it is like to live in one of the most wonderful places on earth.
Mark D. Smith
Highland Square Neighborhood Association