It is morally wrong for any church to get involved in social justice aspects to the extent that Sacred Heart is. This kind of stuff should be kept out of the church.
Nathan Raddatz, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley
Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Sage Holben, a peace activist, e-mailed a flyer announcing that St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace would be holding August vigils endorsed by St. Paul's Sacred Heart Church Peace and Justice Committee. One of the recipients of this message was Rev. Nathan Raddatz, pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN. It has to be read to be believed.
I am very sorry to read about what this group stands for. A few comments.
1. I do not support the reelection of Barack Obama as president, but as our commander in chief, I respect his decisions. The one that is applicable right now is the war.
2. It is morally wrong for any church to get involved in social justice aspects to the extent that Sacred Heart is. This kind of stuff should be kept out of the church, especially as it is being argued from a purely polictical perspective. I happen to agree with our current president and ones before who took us into these countries. However, I may have some of our 600 members who disagree with me and God bless them for their disagreement(s). The church is not to function primarily as a catalyst for peace here on earth, but to spread the peace of God through Christ Jesus alone, that is to say peace from the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
3. The flyer and announcement make it appear that the main reason we are in bad economic times may be the war time spending. That thought is simply crazy. The real answer is less taxes, less regulations, less government jobs, less entitlement programs and incentives for small businesses to start and grow. The government is putting the strain on the economy and not giving it the chance or ability to grow. Government never has created a job, the private sector is the catalyst. The government needs to shrink.
There are interests at stake for the U.S.A. the greatest country in the world, which is why we are probably in most of these countries. Again, I will never vote for Barack Obama to be my president, but in this scenario, I will respect his war-time decisions. If I do not respect his decisions (not him!), I will be sure to disagree with sound arguements. What is being presented by this group is certainly political to the core and the words and thoughts on the flyer and in the announcement are not sound arguements, nor do they tell the whole story.
Have a blessed day. You may pass on this email to members of your group, if you wish. May freedom reign and may God bless the United States of America!
Pastor Nathan Raddatz
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
655 Forest St.
St. Paul, MN 55106
"Time to leave; five wars too many", Sage Holben
That's the slogan that the newly formed St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace has adopted for its planned weekly vigils each Thursday in August. The vigils have also been endorsed by St. Paul's Sacred Heart Church Peace and Justice Committee.
Like many other neighborhoods, Dayton's Bluff and the greater Eastside are feeling the effects of the worldwide economic crisis. With about two billion dollars a week being spent by our government on the war in Afghanistan alone, Eastside Neighbors for Peace believes that this money could be used more wisely at home.
The vigils will be held Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the corner of East 6th Street and Mounds Boulevard (I-94, exit 243). Signs will be available or participants can bring their own. Everyone is welcome.
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