Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Lutherans are not dead yet...
Lutherans in Nigeria have increased 390%, Ethiopia up 495%, Slovakia up 631%, the Netherlands up 782% (what's up here???) and, are you ready, up 1,379% in India! Wow! Lutherans are exploding in some parts of the world. There are more Lutherans in India and the Netherlands than in the ELCA, about the same size as the Wisconsin Synod in Slovakia, and more Lutherans in Ethiopia and Nigeria than in all the US Lutheran groups combined!
These Lutherans have been paying attention to what we in the West seem to have forgotten -- the vibrancy of our Word and Sacrament, Law and Gospel faith. Would that we were experiencing the same kind of growth! Whether or not we realize it, the promise is there. Where we are faithful, God brings much fruit. Sometimes that fruit is seen in growth in numbers; other times it is in growth in faith and maturity. I just wish we actually believed what we confessed -- that God works through the means of grace.