What I Was Really Upset About

I accidentally posted a rant blog. Right here, Right in this space. I’d meant to save it as a draft, but hit publish instead.

Maybe it wasn’t an accident. Maybe – it was a subconscious passive aggressive way of saying what I really feel. Of saying that I’m tired of LCMS ripping itself apart.
rather than a page of my mindless ranting, why don’t I simply tell you the truth about what set me off.

Pictures like these on LCMS blogs.

With scripture like this to back it up. Malachi 4:1 (ESV) “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”

That – is what set me off.

I search for other Ablaze bloggers and I find hate – and dissension. I find very few people on the blogosphere speaking positively about the Mission of LCMS today and it saddens me. My enough button got pushed. I got discouraged, for a day.

I woke up this morning, and I studied my new verse, like I do every morning, and I remembered God’s word’s to me this month:

Hebrews 10:35-36 – “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded, you need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

My confidence is not in politics, pastors, church boards or myself. My confidence is in Christ Alone.

6 thoughts on “What I Was Really Upset About

  1. Thank you for sharing with me what is inside your heart.

    Yes, I am an LCMS pastor–Jon Vierkant–over in Indiana.

    I have a blog as well: http://jatvierkantsnotebook.blogspot.com

    I rarely receive comments on my blog. But I still enjoy hearing from people…even from people who disagree with positions I may take.:)


  2. Thanks Jonathan. I appreciate your candor and your reading my blog. Do mind if I ask – who are you? You’re LCMS, I gather that. But I don’t know anything else. Are you a pastor? Just curious.

    I do wish we could find something all of us could get behind. But we are human – and I’m not sure that would happen this side of heaven – and I mean that nicely. We fight over carpeting, and coffee for heavens sake.

    Our family, and our church, embraces more of the spirit of Ablaze in a lot of ways, than the opponents do. We see the heart and the attempt. I know there are issues – and there are men far more synodically educated than I – who probably have some very real points.

    And yet, I grew up two blocks from a Lutheran church and no one in our neighborhood knew who they were. They were so exclusionary and into themselves, we all thought they were a cult. There has to be a balance.

    There is a very real part of me – that would love to leave denomination behind and seek unity as a body – and yet, these are not stand alone issues within the body of Christ. I’ve seen to much to believe that. These are not exclusive issues to LCMS.

    I don’t have the stomach for politics. Worked in a church for three years – shattered my heart – I’d rather be in the field – which I’m guessing, is where God really wanted me in the first place. He just blessed me with what I thought I wanted first, if for no other reason to show me that His ways are better than mine.



  3. I tend to be of a different mind regarding the whole trademark issue. Once you abandon the trademark (which the LCMS seemed to have done) it is up for grabs in my book.

    As for Ablaze, I understand your zeal for the movement. However, a large part of me often wishes that we could go back to the drawing board and develop some kind of outreach effort/movement that everyone can get behind (rather than half of the synod). Good Luck!–right?:)

    Once again, I enjoy reading your blog. I’ll be checking in from time to time. God’s blessings in your service to Christ and His kingdom.


  4. I will add here – Issues Etc… great show. Again – the picture person was making a political statement against synod and not the show itself.

    and sorry about the typos in my comments. I need to slow down when I type.


  5. Hey Jonathan thanks for visiting. I didn’t create the collage – I had found it on another LCSM web page that visually upset me. The whole collage is a political statement against Synod as a whole.

    I have spoken to the author and creator of that piece – and the baptism one – and it has to do with fire is a bad word in the bible he says – and that the verbiage around the Ablaze mission is scripturally inaccurate. to “be on fire for God” is to burn in hell in his opinion. Fire is hell, ?? Not sure where the fire of the Holy Spirit fits with that logic – but left it alone. At least he responded to me.

    I’m not in the loop with Issues Etc.. other than there was a trademark battle between Synod and the pastor running the web cast. Several LCMS pastors and lay ministers began accusing Synod of being corrupt. I back Synod – they owned the trademark. The ethical, and legal thing to do is when the pastor was let go from running that synod sponsored radio show and started his own web show – he should have changed the name.

    I used to work for Motorola – but that doesn’t’ give me the right to call my company or products Motorola – But I’ve worked in corporate and this person apparently never has – down side of only being a pastor your whole life – no business sense. No slamming – just stating a point.

    There is a large in-fight regarding the Ablaze movement within synod and the politics surrounding Issues Etc. The collage represents all of that to the author The author of that blog (and many other pastors) have jumped on the band wagon against Ablaze and meaning to or not – against the mission workers in the field. We catch the cross fire. and that is unfortunate.

    I’ve spoken with a few authors of these blogs – and I really don’t get it. They are picking at gnats.. and missing the big picture. Including at least one Tulsa pastor – who repeatedly posts “I am Not Ablaze” and trashes it on facebook. Smart kid – wrong influence and that’s a shame.

    Hope that answers your question – and thanks again for visiting. Please come back and let me know your thoughts on things.



  6. I enjoy reading your blog. One question however regarding the collage of images related to Ablaze. Why is the confessional Christian talk show, Issues, Etc. included?


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