Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I am avant garde. . .
But that is exactly how it goes. What is old and forgotten becomes new again. Just wait long enough and you will see it all again.
Pietism and Rationalism came along and robbed us Lutherans of our identity on Sunday morning, shifting our attention from the Means of Grace to our feelings and redefining faith as knowledge instead of trust. Lutherans became embarrassed over their liturgical identity and looked longingly to the Christians around them (first the mainline and then the evangelicals). We are still fighting the age old battles against a head faith that looks for reasoned explanations and the heart faith which wants to feel good. But in the mean time, we have left ourselves confused and a mess on Sunday morning. Nobody knows what they will find in a Lutheran congregation on a Sunday morning. And the people who call for a restoration of the Divine Service are called radicals and the people who think contemporary music means singing the sounds of Peter, Paul, and Mary find themselves as dated (and stale) as yesterday's news. Non-liturgical churches are finding ways to act liturgical at the same time some folks among Lutheranism are trying their darnedest to act as if Lutheranism were not liturgical.
Chalkboards are in again. . .