Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

first_imgaffirm the biblical mandate that all persons, including LGBT persons, are created in the image of God and deserve dignity and respect; Christianity Today 26 June 2015As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family, and should not try to recreate the family in its own image. We will not capitulate on marriage because biblical authority requires that we cannot. The outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage represents what seems like the result of a half-century of witnessing marriage’s decline through divorce, cohabitation, and a worldview of almost limitless sexual freedom. The Supreme Court’s actions pose incalculable risks to an already volatile social fabric by alienating those whose beliefs about marriage are motivated by deep biblical convictions and concern for the common good.The Bible clearly teaches the enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman. From Genesis to Revelation, the authority of Scripture witnesses to the nature of biblical marriage as uniquely bound to the complementarity of man and woman. This truth is not negotiable. The Lord Jesus himself said that marriage is from the beginning (Matt. 19:4-6), so no human institution has the authority to redefine marriage any more than a human institution has the authority to redefine the gospel, which marriage mysteriously reflects (Eph. 5:32). The Supreme Court’s ruling to redefine marriage demonstrates mistaken judgment by disregarding what history and countless civilizations have passed on to us, but it also represents an aftermath that evangelicals themselves, sadly, are not guiltless in contributing to. Too often, professing evangelicals have failed to model the ideals we so dearly cherish and believe are central to gospel proclamation.Evangelical churches must be faithful to the biblical witness on marriage regardless of the cultural shift. Evangelical churches in America now find themselves in a new moral landscape that calls us to minister in a context growing more hostile to a biblical sexual ethic. This is not new in the history of the church. From its earliest beginnings, whether on the margins of society or in a place of influence, the church is defined by the gospel. We insist that the gospel brings good news to all people, regardless of whether the culture considers the news good or not.The gospel must inform our approach to public witness. As evangelicals animated by the good news that God offers reconciliation through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, we commit to:Respect and pray for our governing authorities even as we work through the democratic process to rebuild a culture of marriage (Rom. 13:1-7); live respectfully and civilly alongside those who may disagree with us for the sake of the common good; teach the truth about biblical marriage in a way that brings healing to a sexually broken culture;center_img love our neighbors regardless of whatever disagreements arise as a result of conflicting beliefs about marriage; cultivate a common culture of religious liberty that allows the freedom to live and believe differently to prosper.The redefinition of marriage should not entail the erosion of religious liberty. In the coming years, evangelical institutions could be pressed to sacrifice their sacred beliefs about marriage and sexuality in order to accommodate whatever demands the culture and law require. We do not have the option to meet those demands without violating our consciences and surrendering the gospel. We will not allow the government to coerce or infringe upon the rights of institutions to live by the sacred belief that only men and women can enter into marriage.The gospel of Jesus Christ determines the shape and tone of our ministry. Christian theology considers its teachings about marriage both timeless and unchanging, and therefore we must stand firm in this belief. Outrage and panic are not the responses of those confident in the promises of a reigning Christ Jesus. While we believe the Supreme Court has erred in its ruling, we pledge to stand steadfastly, faithfully witnessing to the biblical teaching that marriage is the chief cornerstone of society, designed to unite men, women, and children. We promise to proclaim and live this truth at all costs, with convictions that are communicated with kindness and love. read more

Thursday is Rural Health Day in Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS —Today is National Rural Health Day, a day to showcase rural communities as wonderful places to live and work, increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the efforts of State Offices of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health in addressing these issues.In conjunction with the nationwide observance, Governor Pence has proclaimed today as Rural Health Day in Indiana.Indiana’s Rural and Critical Access Hospitals provide care for 1.89 million people. Rural hospitals, which are frequently the economic foundation of their communities, sometimes struggle to overcome financial hurdles that can impair their ability to care for residents.“National Rural Health Day is extremely important in an agriculturally strong state like ours,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “The fact is that our rural communities are faced with unique health care challenges, as well as opportunities. That’s why our Office of Rural Health continues to work with local partners to create innovative models of care. In this way, we can help overcome the health disparities that Hoosiers in rural parts of our state may experience.”The State Office of Rural Health within the Indiana State Department of Health strives to reduce health disparities in rural communities by:Serving as a clearinghouse of information and innovative approaches to rural health services delivery.Coordinating state activities related to rural health in order to avoid duplication of efforts and resources.Identifying Federal, State, and nongovernmental rural health programs and providing technical assistance to public and private, nonprofit entities serving rural populations.Strengthening Federal, State, and partnerships in rural health.Promoting recruitment and retention of a competent health care workforce.last_img read more

Thomas A. Beatley

first_imgPastor Thomas A. “Tommy” Beatley, 63, of Milan, Indiana, formerly of Greendale, Indiana, passed away Tuesday August 4, 2020 in Milan, Indiana.He was born July 27, 1957 in Beech Grove, IN, son of the late Raymond Beatley and Dorothy (Newman) Beatley.Tommy was a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and received a Masters of Art & Religious Education from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He served as a Youth Minister connected to several churches for over 37 years. Tommy was a minister in the United Methodist Church since 1988. He recently retired from the Osgood United Methodist Church and was currently serving the Delaware United Methodist Church. Tommy served other churches in St. Paul, Indiana, Hamline Chapel in Lawrenceburg, Indiana as well as the Napoleon United Methodist Church. Tommy enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, mowing the lawn, and gardening. He was a big animal lover. He was very patriotic and kept close watch on things going on in our area and in our country. Tommy was loved by everyone that met him, he was a people person and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He gave of himself to meet the needs of others. Tommy walked the walk of a true Christian and shepherded many people, young and old, in his walk of faith. Tommy’s faith, family and friends were very important to him and he will be greatly missed. He left a legacy of kindness, and cheerfulness and was loving to all.Thomas is survived by his loving spouse of almost 40 years Joann (Gehring) Beatley; sons, Matthew “Matt” Beatley of Milan, IN, William “Billy” Beatley of Milan, IN; special foster daughters, Tina Schebler of Milan, IN, Carrie (Steve) Fuchs of Guilford, IN.; siblings, Jim Beatley of Greenwood, IN, Dottie (David) Sanford of Sequim, WA, Mark (Sherri) Beatley of Greenwood, IN, Lori (Eric) Gamble of Greenwood, IN; and , several nieces, nephews, great neices and great nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Dorothy; siblings, Mick Beatley, and Janie Beatley.Friends will be received Saturday, August 8, 2020, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the First Baptist Church Greendale, 45 Tebbs Ave, Greendale, Indiana.A private family service will be held with Pastor Bob Cannon officiating.Contributions may be made to the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, at Delaware United Methodist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more