I do not like tweeting. I am not a fan of texting. I am too wordy (duh, read the average length of my posts). I do not have clear, concise thoughts. Mine ramble. And ramble. But better orthodox and long winded than short, to the point, but heretical.
Women of the ELCA, WELCA, posted a ten second sermon, a sort of tweeted homily, that was certainly brief but unfortunately short on orthodoxy and truth. If Jesus can make a mistake, well, what do we have to worry about. As long as we say we are sorry, like Jesus did, everything will be okay. Right?
Jesus is not always transparent. He sometimes speaks in ways that beg us to trust Him without understanding. Here is one of those stories that is often misunderstood but it does not have to be. And if we cannot understand it, the least we can do is to refrain from searching for an Aesop moral of the story and then apply it to us -- as if that is all Jesus intended.
As someone once said, "Sermonettes are for Christianettes." The popular ideal of a quick, poignant, relevant, and entertaining sermonette is one of the things that is surely killing preaching. Furthermore, it shorts the people of the truth and it is condescending to them (as if lay people cannot really get Jesus more than a children's sermonette version).
But you do have to hand it to them. As one wag put it, Creating such a clear, demonstrable example of heresy in such a limited time frame is not easy to do. So I guess we must give credit where it is due. You do not know how much it pains me to say that. There was a time when people paid attention to what went out over official channels. Call it doctrinal review or good editing, the point is that the Church is scandalized by such shallowness, offended by such heresy, and the Gospel diminished by such trite moralism.
I don't care where it comes from or who says it, this is a moment when it hurts to say, "Yeah, I am a Lutheran..." because those outside us do not pay attention to the fine nuances of what kind of Lutherans we are.