Aug. 8, 2012: Our readers write

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Be compelled to do more

Kudos to Jody Ingalls for her clear and compelling letter defending Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s support of “the Biblical definition of a family” (Support Chick-fil-A, July 29). It has been encouraging and impressive to see what a powerful response his remarks have received.

A gay rights activist incensed by Cathy’s stand recently was quoted in an Associated Press article, “Chick-fil-A: Political symbol,” (The News-Enterprise, July 27), describing the Family Research Council as one of “the most vicious anti-gay voices in the country.” If you examine the mission of the Family Research Council, you will not find any such viciousness in their published writings. In fact, in an article on the FRC website, Christians are urged to love, befriend, and extend grace to gays and lesbians. The vice president of the FRC says, “Christians are called by God’s word to affirm the dignity of every person, and his value as an image-bearer of his creator. Thus, we are particularly concerned that we not be harsh, vicious, or even crass in our commentary about or our conduct toward same-sex attraction. Our desire to be charitable is grounded in the love of Christ.”

Being grounded in the love of Christ does not mean, however, we stand aside and watch as relentless attempts are made to redefine gender, marriage and family. Christians must hold to an unwavering stand on God’s plan for human sexuality. When Christians adhere to firm positions of morality in a culture that claims there are no moral absolutes, that firmness often may be misunderstood as personal attack.

A survey of history can thoroughly demonstrate a Christian moral code and faithful, stable two-parent families are the most necessary building blocks of a healthy society. In Sweden, which approved same-sex marriage about 10 years ago, the divorce rate among gay men is 50 percent higher than the heterosexual divorce rate.

For lesbian women, the divorce rate is 170 percent higher. In social, spiritual, cultural and psychological contexts, our society already is reaping severe problems because of decades of heterosexual infidelity, high divorce rates, and motherless and fatherless children. The prospect of an ever more severe breakdown should compel those who uphold the Biblical definition of a family to do much more than stand in line at Chick-fil-A.

Leigh Ann Pierce