Saturday, October 3, 2015
A majority but not enough
So let us rejoice that the super majority was not met but let us not forget that this is one more majority and that this stance rests on the fragile foundation of a dozen and a half delegates who could change their vote the next time this is taken up (and, to be sure, there will be a next time). Let us praise the Lord that the LCA held the line for now but let us not fail in our prayers for the future. There will be another vote at some point in time but I expect it cannot be sooner than a few years and probably will not be soon unless the supporters of the ordination of women believe that there is a change in the complexion of the delegates to make the vote passable.
The LCA is not a huge church body but it has produced some exemplary confessional Lutherans who are international figures. We have had a faithful partnership with the LCA for many years and it is our hope and prayer that this continues and that both the LCA and the LCMS remain confessional in doctrine and practice. That is not an established fact but a choice and a battle which we fight each day in every parish as well as in the larger venues of district, synod, seminary, etc...
God bless our brothers and sisters in the LCA!
Update. . .
I am told the breakdown for the vote was:
Pastors in favor of WO: 63
Pastors opposed to WO: 75
Laity in favor of WO: 206
Laity opposed to WO: 70
As is clearly noted, the majority of pastors are NOT in favor of the ordination of women but the delegates are stacked 2/3 lay and 1/3 clergy and this is where the majority numbers for changing the LCA stance has come.
Not all was disappointing, a very fine confessional pastor, Andrew Pfeiffer, was elected Assistant Bishop (and without much of any opposition!).