Well. Read this. One of the funniest bloggers I know of and a Lutheran to boot on what is wrong with my denomination. Seriously. You’ve read it here for years, but he says it better and more eloquently than I can: the indictment of the LCMS Confessional Movement and the fruitless faith we preach. Seriously. Read this essay when you have ten or twenty minutes of quiet to digest it.
Here’s a sample:
Here is what filtered down to many of us young Lutherans: we are both sinners and justified, yes? So it’s Jesus’s job to justify, and our job to . . . sin. If we say we have no sin, then we are liars! If we say there is anything we can do about our sin, well, then we’re really lost. Don’t get me wrong: there were standards of “conduct,” which amounted to growing into a middle-of-the-road middle-class respectable and productive tax-paying citizen who kept his (or her) head down and, above all, respected authority. But that really wasn’t about our life in Christ. That was more about our life in the world. Christ dealt with the next life. Old-fashioned patriotic American “values” dealt with this one.