And please pardon if this is in the wrong place! I’m new here and still finding my way around. This board ROCKS, btw. I could read it for literal hours. Oh wait, I already do.
We attended a wedding yesterday at a Lutheran church. On one wall they had a bunch of pamphlets outlining what they believed in. (this particular Lutheran church was Missouri synod) I pulled out the ones regarding communion, confession and ordination of women. Was I dismayed–and angered, really–to read the pamphlet on communion which stated “We reject and condemn the Real Presence” along with other “we reject and condemn” statements. The pamphlet on ordaining women was the same thing, and the pamphlet on confession outlined why it was a good thing to confess to the pastor and God. Then I asked a woman what exactly the Lutheran divisions were, and she said that WELS was “ultra-conservative”, Missouri synod was “conservative”, and ELCA was (in her words) “too progressive”. In light of her explanations and what I read, I politely turned the conversation elsewhere.
So here’s the thing: certain Lutheran churches believe one thing; other Lutheran churches believe another. Then on our way home, I was inordinately aware of every church we passed–Grace Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran, St. Stephen Lutheran. . . Free Baptist, First Baptist. . . Wesley Methodist, United Methodist, Allbright Methodist. . . Church of Christ, Evangelical Church of Christ, United Church of Christ. . . Assemblies of God, Foursquare Gospel. . . Covenant Evangelical, Christ the Lord Evangelical, Community Bible Evangelical. . . United Presbyterian, Trinity Presbyterian. . . I could go on and on and on.
And it just angered me–angers me still. It’s like, for goodness’ sake, can’t they get anything RIGHT?? I don’t know what was more upsetting to me, the fact that my Catholicism is so blatantly “rejected and condemned”, the fact that all these millions of divisions think their view of Jesus is the “correct” one, or the fact that I used to be one of these millions of divisions (Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal in my protesting background).
I don’t know if I’m making any sense.