Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Compromising Duty

I am in the South-East District of the LC-MS, which includes the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland (I don't think it has much if Georgia, if any). I can count the number of confessional churches on one hand, and I dare say it might be as, or more so, liberal as California and Massachusetts. Being in the Bible Belt and Baptist country, there is a lot of influence on the SE District from those aspects. This is a challenging District, if only for those reasons.

Given the fairly universal influence, I am not terribly surprised that some of the Pastors let things bend one way or another in a limited (or sometimes extreme) fashion to accommodate the expectations of the congregation. However, I would expect a higher level of attention to detail at district meetings. I have it on good authority that a majority of the Pastors balk at a full service with communion for the meeting. They wanted a shortened version without a lot of the parts of the service that set the stage for communion. I do not know their reasoning, but a failure to practice the full service (and the Word that the service uses) indicates a greater reluctance to the more important things. I am not surprised at this, but it is disheartening. If the shepherds of the flock act like "hired hands," what does that say for the hope and direction of the flock? I dare say it will scatter (John 10:11-13).

This is also one of the objections I have to "incorporating" and entailing business-like terminology. It robs the church of the history and Biblical references that Shepherd and Servant give. I think being a Pastor is less of a career choice and more of a commitment to something above and beyond yourself. I know I am counter to the "second" and "third" career Pastor terminology (which I have used myself). However, I think leaving the vestiges of the business and worldly terminology has its own benefits which outweigh growth charts, market studies, and other man-made junk.


Whey Lay said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Whey Lay said...

Hi VL, Just dropping by to say Hi.
It is worrisome, when pastor's seem to want to cut corners in the name of expediancy. I've noticed similar things with our pastor. I certainly hope it's not because they begin taking such blessings for granted. Blessings to you

I. M. Abaldy II said...

Perhaps the orthodox pastors think it best not to commune with those who bring Baptist and other non Lutheran, even non Christian confessions to the altar with them. Matthew 16:5-12; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

What communion does light have with such darkness? (2 Corinhians 6:14c)

Pastor Kurt Hering
Trinity Lutheran Church
Layton, Utah

"Nevertheless we consider it our duty to criticize, refute, oppose, contend against, and reprove whatever error becomes manifest in the teaching of those who wish to be our brethren, whether this error pertains to a fundamental or a non-fundamental teaching of the Word of God……" – C. F. W. Walther