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  1. No surprise. Once more the importance of money outweighs the importance of theological or ethical behavior. This was noticed before now when Thrivent provided funding for Planned Parenthood with no restrictions, essentially supporting the abortion industry.

    • Except the Lutheran position has always been pro-choice. There is no compromise in religious values or ethics.

      They just share different ones from yourself.

      • @ Larry. Hardly. The ELCA is pro-choice certainly as they are also quite dismissive of the authority of scripture cherry picking what they like and rationalizing away what challenges their human ethics. The ELCA is certainly not the total population of all Lutherans. There is also the Pro-life LCMS and Wisconsin Synod. It would be hubris for the ELCA to claim to speak for all Lutherans.

        One could argue that the ELCA of today is hardly congruent with the Lutheran church of the reformation. In many circles the questions are raised of just how “Lutheran” the ELCA continues to be.

        • Scripture cherry-picking is done by EVERY Christian sect whether you want to believe that or not. Its the nature of the faith. Its only Fundamentalists who have this delusion that they are following every last word to the letter as God commands it. They are delusional about a lot of things.

          The Lutheran sects do not believe in banning abortion. They range between allowing it in certain circumstances to allowing it under any circumstances. That puts them in the pro-choice sphere.

          The majority of the nation, which includes the majority of Christians (and Lutherans, one of the largest mainstream protestant sects) are pro-choice to some degree. If we were talking about some other sect, you would have a point. But it does not apply here.

          • George F Mohn

            At least one Lutheran “sect” does believe in banning abortion. The official position of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is that abortion is a sin (except to avoid the death of the mother). Faithful members ARE encouraged to have it banned legally.

            “Q: What is the Missouri Synod’s view of abortion?
            A: The LCMS believes that abortion is contrary to God’s Word and ‘is not a moral option, except as a tragically unavoidable byproduct of medical procedures necessary to prevent the death of another human being, viz., the mother’ (1979 Res. 3-02A).”

            “[Q:] If abortion is legal in the United States, how can the church oppose it?
            [A:] Just because something happens to be legal does not make it moral, ethical or right. Abortion is perhaps one of the most dramatic examples of a situation where something is legal, but is very much a sin against God. Since 1973, abortions have been legal in the United States. Abortion remains a sin against God, whether or not it is legal in our society; therefore, we must “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). THE CHURCH NEEDS TO INFORM ITS MEMBERS THAT ABORTION IS SINFUL AND THEN ENCOURAGE THEM, AS CHRISTIAN CITIZENS, TO USE AVAILABLE LEGAL MEANS TO CHANGE THE LAW[emphasis added]. Christians do not resort to illegal activities to change our nation’s laws.
            . . . .
            [Q:] Isn’t abortion acceptable in the case of rape or incest?
            [A:] While the emotional arguments for abortion in these situations might seem compelling, the fact of the matter is that it is wrong to take the life of one innocent victim (the unborn child), and further burden the life of the other victim of these horrible situations, the mother. It is indeed a strange logic that would have us kill an innocent unborn baby for the crime of his father.”
            The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod