The "sleeping giant" quote as ametaphor for the LCMS was supposedlyuttered by Rev. Billy Graham over50 years ago. In the meantime ourpotential has been squashed by ourinternal battles started at theBattle of New Orleans in 1973.Our prayer is that the Lord willstill use us to accomplish His mission as we confess that we arepoor miserable sinners.
I do not wish my church to be a giant, sleeping or otherwise, but the beloved bride of Christ. PS, the aleged quote by Rev. Graham is a long standing bit of LC-MS lore. I don't think anyone has ever been able to prove when and where he said it.PPS, the sleeping giant quote was also allegdly said by Admiral Yamamoto after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This too is someonewhat conjecture, though it does reflect his opinion of the US at the time.
The sad thing about the "sleeping giant" quote is not that it is apocryphal. It's that there are still people in the LCMS who crave approval from someone (Billy Graham) who is not with us in theology or practice.
In other words, we're like a Mickey on steroids. Or a Mickey chumming with the Donald too long.
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