I'm really tired of the ELCA bashing. Someone recently said on a public forum that he was embarrassed to be a member of the ELCA. That really pissed me off. I wanted to ask why he doesn't leave. Why doesn't he leave? Because there's no where else to go. He's not going to swim the Tiber. Missouri won't have him because he supports women in ministry and doesn't believe the world was created in seven 24 hour days. So he's stuck with us. And instead of being grateful there is a church that puts up with his constant public whining and put downs, he constantly bashes the ELCA in the name of wanting to reform it. I'm tired of it. I'm tired of these people who are so angry and disgruntled that they pick on and find some sort questionable theology in EVERYTHING the ELCA does or it's leaders say. The nature of theology is such is that if you look for heresy you will find it.
And while I have some (very little) sympathy for their plight, I think there's a lot of bullshit involved and out of gratitude and loyalty to the church and in obedience to the eighth commandment, they ought to be a little more circumspect. And maybe, once in a while, even acknowledge the good that the ELCA does.
It's not that I'm uncritical of everything the ELCA does. I have some critiques. But I am reluctant now days to be open about them because they will be jumped on "AH HA! See --even you agree - the ELCA is corrupt, heterodox, stupid, no good, dying, irrelevant" No I don't think the ELCA is corrupt, heterodox, stupid, no good. It is however, possible we are irrelevant or close to it, like many mainline churches. But most of what I hear these Word Alone and Core people grousing about is not going to make us "relevant" Whatever the hell that mean. (Oooh I am annoyed --look at all the cuss words I'm using) Personally I'd like to see a little more attention payed to Phillipians 2
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
Oh yea. And I mean applying those words to OURSELVEs - not saying "oh yea and the ELCA needs to be more like that passage"