From: Rebecca Mayes
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2007 9:44 PM
Subject: Food for thought from a Lutheran sister
I'm forwarding to you a document that I feel is important for pastors in particular to read. The author, a former public health nurse who has also become a good friend, has dedicated much of her time over the past several years to research and education surrounding the causes and effects of the sexual revolution on our culture and, more importantly, on our own church body, the LCMS. She has faced barrier after barrier in getting this information out and has received little support from most of the pastors she has spoken to. My guess is that the reason for this lies in the fact that the generations who came after the sexual revolution never knew life any differently. And, as she has heard people tell her, if material on human sexuality comes from our church body then what could possibly be wrong with it?
I'm passing this on to you all in hopes that it will at least spark some conversation among the confessional crowd and from that conversation perhaps some action. The action I'm recommending would be to get more information from the author herself, review materials kept in your own churches and homes, and finally to voice your concerns to the publisher who produces these materials. I feel that if enough voices speak up there may be a chance to instigate positive change in the future.
The reason that my husband, a Lutheran pastor, and I fully support the data and the call for a change is because we are seeing first hand the effects of the straying path our synod has taken; from the increase in promiscuity in our Lutheran schools and colleges, to the broken marriages we are witnessing among our Lutheran friends, and so on. Not to mention the great strides the gay rights movement has made in this century, or the horrible crimes we see every week in the news regarding child molesters and pornographers, which are all too common nowadays and prevent us from letting our toddler out of our sight for even a minute when we're in public. It didn't use to be that way for parents. Something happened to open pandora's box, and we think Ms. Werner has nailed it. Judge for yourselves after reading the article and visiting the related websites. I can assure you that the document attached is only a summary of the large amount of data that is available on the topic. I hope you will take this matter seriously and feel moved to spread the word, too.
Your sister in Christ