I decided to write a post that I could just point people to whenever someone asks why I left my church and synod. Not that anyone really knows I left yet, as I walked away relatively quietly and without any fuss. However it had become a matter of conscience to the point that there really was no other option. So this serves as my public statement on the matter, I guess.
I will start from the top down. It is clear that modern society has embraced post-modernism. Pop culture, media, academia, etc. have all helped to proliferate an evil mindset. In short, it is the idea that truth is relative and we can only relate to people on the basis of a shared understanding. My truth may not be your truth and everything is fine. We just need to relate in some shared way and truth is irrelevant. There hardly is a more dangerous philosophy for the church to deal with in my opinion. It allows the Truth of the Word to be reduced down to only what is relevant to an individual. Absolute Truth becomes Truth a-la-carte that caters to the lowest common denominator.
This mindset is slowly and insidiously creeping into the synod and not just my former synod of WELS, but all the others as well to varying degrees. In the church, the word adiaphora is often used to justify what is just a compromise to the world in an effort to make the church relevant to the masses, whom live and die in the post-modern age of thought.
The examples of this continue to mount and begin with good intentions but ultimately lead to the aforementioned “lowest common denominator” Should I list the one’s I have noticed? Is it valuable? Perhaps you can comment with your examples. Here is just one WELS example of good intentions gone horribly, horribly wrong: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZglqrBqlL7Y
Additionally, this trend becomes apparent not only in the beginnings of the effort to create synodical versions of evangelical non-dom’s that are relevant and relational, but also in the effort to usher in a new relevant and relational Bible (NNIV 2011), or to condone the lax doctrinal structure of synod-affiliated organizations such as “Time of Grace”. That’s low hanging fruit but I’m certain you can provide numerous examples as well.
I do not react generally to individual examples. I don’t leave my church and synod because someone in particular went too far here or overboard there, or someone just threw common sense out the window. I left because when the whole “package” crosses your personal line of tolerance, or conscience, you need to take action. One should not pretend there is a way to fix the direction of the synod. That is laughable. I have a story of a guy named Sisyphus for you if you think that is the way to go. In that regards, you may as well suggest that Congress can control spending or that the Vikings could win a Super Bowl. There is no particular “need” for a synod anymore particularly after it has “Jumped the Shark”. For me I will just examine each congregation one at a time. You might be surprised what you find.
So, I will now go forward in helping an independent confessional congregation here in Milwaukee in rebuilding the church. I will be more prolific in posting and sharing and making sure people know there is a home for them when their conscience is violated as well. Whereas sin can never be avoided, we want to make sure we do what is possible to prevent the erosion of Truth not give in to the world. No person or plan is perfect, but it is time for me to re-focus on the Theology of the Cross and leave behind the Theology of Glory.