Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The ever present Eyeore

So now, we have a new President in the LCMS. Matthew Harrison is officially our President as of right now. So, what shall I do? The same thing I did for all my liberal friends from college when Obama was elected and took office.

Guys - ain't much going to change.

Seriously - it's not as though this Sunday when I head to Church there will be a sudden uproar for every Sunday communion simply because Harrison is now our president. Hordes of deliquents aren't going to return. The folks clamoring of entertainment that makes them feel morally superior and spiritually enlightened aren't going to suddenly say, "Hmmm, let's sing the Te Deum instead." District Presidents aren't suddenly going to say, "Oh man, AC 14, that's brilliant, I finally get it, I ain't authorizing anyone to do anything!" (well, some do, or at least do so most of the time, thanks be to God."

Or, if you are one who is on the other side of the aisle - squads of jackbooted-cassock wearing thugs aren't going to bust into your sanctuary and smash your drum kits. The power to the overhead projectors won't be cut-off by secretive missives from St. Louis. You won't be given a letter saying you have 10 days to join the NALC or LCMC or ELCA or else. . .

No, things will continue as they have for the past month, the past year. Maybe we'll talk about some different things. New folks will be worried about the top coming down on them, new people will be upset because the top folks haven't instigated the purge and vengeance they've long wished for - the Synod will not be suddenly recreated in anyone's vision.

Relax. It's not that different today than it was yesterday. And if you want it to be different - go read the Scriptures and teach them -- I have Psalms today. Go look at the confessions -- when was the last time you read the Apology. . . just sat down and read it? Or the Large Catechism?

Then there may be a slight difference - maybe not the one you were expecting -- a change and growth in you, rather than someone else fixing other people. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, study things yourself - and pray for mercy for all of us sinners, for we try our damnedest in our arrogance and pride to bring it all to destruction, no matter who is the President.

Now pray, and get back to work.


William Weedon said...

You old sourpuss. ;) Words that are true, every one of them, and yet I'm still feeling elated. Of course, it doesn't take much to get me excited...

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

I didn't say I don't have a spring in my step today, mind you, or a grin that implies that I am eating things I shouldn't be, but eh - be moderate.

Mike Baker said...

How dare you present pesky things like facts, hard reality, and plain reason to us. You know full well what those kinds of things do to our superstitions and delusions! :P