"When a theologian is asked to yield and make concessions in order that peace may at last be established in the Church, but refuses to do so even in a single point of doctrine, such an action looks to human reason like intolerable stubbornness, yea, like downright malice. That is the reason why such theologians are loved and praised by so few men during their lifetime. Most men rather revile them as disturbers of the peace, yea, as destroyers of the kingdom of God. They are regarded as men worthy of contempt. But in the end it becomes manifest that this very determined, inexorable tenacity in clinging to the pure teaching of the divine Word by no means tears down the Church; on the contrary, it is just this which, in the midst of greatest dissension, builds up the Church and ultimately brings about genuine peace." C. F. W. Walther
I thought of this quote at the very moment I was reviewing the PIF (Pastor's Information Form" and SET (Self-Evaluation Tool). In particular, I note the section on theological and liturgical stance. In the liturgical attitude section you can choose between rigid (oh, bad, very bad) and flexible (good, always good). It also offers you a chance to mark Traditional (what, page 15?), High Liturgical (suggests here chanting, additional vestments like a cope? or formal attire like a clerical collar?) or Contemporary (write your own and do your own thing). In the theological section you place yourself on a continuum which goes from 5 (hard core conservative) to 1 (flexible and willing to adjust to others).
I wonder how a C. F. W. Walther might fill that out..... Hmmmmm.
Just in case you think any Pastor might just lie about himself to look good on paper (how who would do that), the Elders of your congregation get a shot at defining you and your DP (perhaps influenced by the Circuit Counselor) also gets to second guess your answers. Of course all of this is completely Scriptural ("do not think of yourselves more highly than you ought").
Just thinkin.... and you know how dangerous that can be.
BTW I put these thoughts away and then re-thought them after pulling out the mysterious envelope I got at the District Pastoral Conference.... So I decided to pass it all on to you, my BFFs.