We want to make your life a little bit easier as you prepare for the Synod Convention. We’re compiling short summaries of all the Resolutions found in Today’s Business #1. This is not so that Delegates don’t take the time to carefully study all of the Resolutions, but for reference after that, to quickly have an idea about what resolution is what. Or perhaps these summaries will help you understand what you just read! Either way, please make use of these as you find helpful.
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Floor Committee 11 – Church and Culture
11–01 – To Give Guidance and Encourage Action on Beginning-of-Life Issues
The 2016 Convention established a Task Force (2016 Resolution 3–04) to study issues relating to procreation and beginning of life issues. This resolution brings a list of their recommendations to the Convention to be adopted. It commends a newly written paper by Rev. Dr. Gilbert Meilaender (_Workbook, 326–329), commends the study of a large list of CTCR documents, urges the CTCR to finish an updated version of its 1981 report on Human Sexuality, and especially encourages the Synod to fill a for-too-long vacant position, Director of Life and Health Ministry.
11–02 – To Encourage Faithfulness Regarding Marriage
Reaffirms the good order, Scriptural teaching of marriage, and encourages members of Synod and of congregations to remain faithful, by God’s grace, to the biblical teaching regarding marriage even when great threats and persecutions come. Also commends encouraging those who struggle against the flesh and sin when it comes to living a chaste and godly life in every way.
11–03 – To Encourage Synod to Develop Resources to Aid Congregations and Schools regarding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
So-called sexual orientation and gender identity issues are in the forefront culturally right now. The resolution encourages compassionate ministry to all affected in the midst of this great confusion, that certain CTCR reports be utilized, and affirms and confesses the simple truth that humanity is created male and female by God.
11–04 – To Affirm the Common Humanity of All People and Ethnicities
Calls for the LCMS to work to be in unity with one another and with our brothers and sisters of Christ, no matter the tribe or people or nation from which they come. Condemns racism in our midst and in the world.
11–05 – To Encourage Responsible Citizenship and Compassion Toward Neighbors Who Are Immigrants Among Us
The resolution calls for Christians to live out their lives in the tension between compassionately serving our neighbors in mercy and at the same time respecting the ruling authorities and the laws they establish, in this case specifically regarding the issue of immigration and immigrants among us. Commends for study and discussion the CTCR report Immigrants Among Us, and cautions against letting political divisions become church divisions.
11–06 – To Emphasize the Sanctity of Life and the Dangers of Physician-Assisted Suicide
Confesses the harm of physician-assisted suicide and LCMS opposition to it, and encourages the ongoing ministry in our lives to those affected by this issue and practice.
11–07 – To Remember the Persecuted Church
Draws attention to the ongoing plight of many brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world who are persecuted for confessing that Jesus is Lord. Encourages the ongoing work of LCMS missionaries and the Office of International Mission in bringing the Gospel even to dangerous places, and in so doing seeking to protect the missionaries and their families. Finally calls on the convention to pray for Christians everywhere who are suffering persecution for the faith.