Monday, February 27, 2012
Are we uncomfortable with our own skin?
For me the issue is much larger than making the sign of the cross. It is a question of how comfortable we are in the Lutheran skin of the Confessions, the Catechism, and our liturgical tradition... the less comfortable we are in this skin, the less Lutheran we are... and the world needs Lutherans who find their confessional and liturgical identity uncomfortable about as much as it needs another religion. Either we are who we are or we are not.
What I look for from official channels is the courage to confess and the boldness to be the Lutherans we claim to be in our Confessions and in our consistent liturgical tradition and piety. Anything less and we are afraid of our own shadows. I did not write to offend but to stir up the discussion among all those who would wear the name Lutheran. Who are we? The people we confess we are or the people afraid of what others might think if we were true to our Confessions? Maybe some of you did not think there was this much at stake and maybe I may have overreacted but every time I find Lutherans apologetic about who we are, I am offended.