Wednesday, October 22, 2014
You believe the Word too much. . .
And then the arrow broke through... But even then, once the point was understood, it was not granted.
"You believe the Word too much..."
A blessed accusation, to be sure! If one is left with the choice, the Lutheran chooses to believe more in the Word than in human work or act as the basis or promise of salvation. It is the all encompassing sacramental theology of Lutheranism boiled down to the fewest of words -- you believe the Word too much...
But we do. Hidden in the water of baptism is the ark that saves us. The Word put it there. No matter that you cannot see it with the eyes in your head. It is there. The Word has promised it. Hidden in bread is the Body of Christ and in the cup His blood. The Word put it there. No matter that it still looks and tastes like the bread and wine it was, and still is, by earthly sense, it is the Body and Blood of Christ. The Word has promised it.
We believe the Word too much. If there was ever a Lutheran fault, I think it might be this. But what we might call a fault in our world of seeing is believing is the greatest of all virtues. We learned it from Mary, Blessed Virgin, who heard and at once became the Mother of God, the Son of the everlasting Father living in her womb! Yes, shocking as it is, the BVM is the Mother of All Lutherans. She believed the Word too much. We believe the Word too much.
That is why I am not Roman Catholic or generic Protestant or even Orthodox. This is why I am Lutheran.