Monday, September 27, 2010
It seems that some who have left have not left but continue to wage war upon their former home as if to justify their leaving. I find this particularly sad. For all they might find deficient in Lutheranism, many of these folks were exemplary Lutherans -- informed of Lutheran confessional identity, committed to that confessional identity and practice, and voices calling upon the less committed and less faithfully practicing to renewal. Such folks would be far classier if they simply refrained from commenting at all upon their former home than to diss the very place in which their theological mind and heart was formed. I would venture to suggest that if they believe that who they are now is something good, then who they are could not have been accomplished without their journey in, what they might call, the theological wilderness of Lutheranism.
If you choose to leave, well, that is your choice. Lord knows that those who are Lutheran should find some sort of sympathy for the idea that you cannot go against conscience. But if you leave, do it in a noble and classy way. Leave quietly without making a spectacle of your leaving. Leave honestly without attempting to draw others into your same choice. Leave honorably without trashing your former home -- over and over and over again.