Recently during its Churchwide Assembly, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America adopted a statement on human sexuality that includes an endorsement of “chaste, monogamous and lifelong" same-sex relationships. While many more conservative Lutherans are disappointed by this decision, John Piper took an extra step and said that the tornado that hit Minneapolis around the same time of the Assembly was "a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin."
This kind of talk is usually reserved for fundamentalists who claim that gays and abortion were responsible for both 9/11 and Katrina. However, I think there might be a hint of truth to Piper's comment. I don't think that the storm was caused by the ELCA's decision, but if you look at this photo of the damage done to Central Lutheran's steeple, you have to admit that it is quite a coincidence:
Now please don't think that I'm suggesting that God's poured his wrath upon Central Lutheran as punishment for accepting homosexuality. That's not at all what I'm saying. But I am suggesting that this could be a warning for the Lutheran Church not to be divided against itself. Maybe God is saying, "Don't tear yourself apart over this issue."
Last night I found this video from Brian McLaren about "the pain of dealing with this issue." I think it's a great message for not just the Lutheran Church, but for the entire Body of Christ.