Tuesday, March 13, 2012
There are a whole lot of things we need to resurrect... this is a good start...
There were many things that were original to Lutheran churches but were lost over time. Sometimes in the name of remodeling and other times because of growing sensitivity to how others saw us and the fear of things deemed too Katholische. Some brave congregations (or maybe just cheap) did not remodel or toss out the old things but many did. Buildings built from the 1950s on seldom included crucifixes or statues or much of anything that we ornate or elegant. We preferred simple buildings for a simple Jesus. Thankfully we have outgrown that fad as well. Sadly, while some are resurrecting what was once there, others are taking their cues from evangelicalism and ridding even plain Lutheran chancels of any vestiges of their past. So it is good to hear when one congregation resurrects their past and reclaims their heritage...
Read it all here.... with a HT to Pr. Anthony R. Voltattorni the good folks he serves in Standish, MI...
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There were three empty crosses on Golgatha at the end of the day.
They were empty before Jesus got there, too.
I grew up with the Baptist mentality about crucifixes: "Jesus isn't on the cross anymore. We shouldn't keep a resurrected Christ on the cross. If we wear any symbolic jewelry, it should be an empty tomb."
Even as as teen i thought, "How stupid is that; He isn't there, either..."
We keep photos, concert tickets, and trivial things. We wear wedding rings. It is our human nature that we need reminding. We forget.
Personally, I like/prefer the image of the crucifix, statuary, icons, etc. I also, however, might have entitled this entry a bit differently than "There Are a Whole Lot of Things We NEED [emphasis mine] to Resurrect..." My initial reaction is, "Says who?!" Does not Our Lord Himself said that there is only ONE thing needful? This is not a barb, by the way, just an observation.
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