21 July 2011
Talking to a friend today...
...about how the Lutheran Confession will NEVER be mainstream America - we can hang that up. Our doctrine of original sin and our rejection of freedom of the will in the unbeliever already signs our death warrant. Add to that our belief in the Sacraments - you know, like Baptism actually saving and the Eucharist being Christ's true body and blood for our forgiveness, and the word of our pastor absolving us from all sin, and well, most Americans will simply think we're nuts. Our clinging to the liturgy (in confidence that God's Word bears fruit), our hymns filled with doctrinal content, our insistence that words actually convey meaning (thanks, Pr. Speckhard) and that we walk our Christian pilgrimage both as saints (wholly absolved and perfect in Christ) and as sinners (struggling against hereditary sin until our last breath), all these mark us as "strangers in an alien land." That's NOT a bad thing. It's only a bad thing for those whose hearts are set on capturing America for our Church. I suspect we'll always be a minority here, but as long as we are true to our Confession of the faith, that's hardly a problem. The Lord will indeed draw His children and we'll happily continue to bear a witness that is neither welcomed nor appreciated.
Posted by William Weedon at 9:18 PM