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Missionaries and the impulse to bash one’s own tradition

23 Jan

Interesting:

I couldn’t help but notice that his every reference to Lutheranism was derogatory or derisive. And yes, I mean that literally. He consistently treated our denomination, our traditions, and our theology as some kind of shackle from which we need to be released. There was definitely a strong note of that “Oh, if only we were more like Baptists, then an omnipotent and omniscient God could maybe finally find some way to use us to proclaim His Word” nonsense from the previous point.It’s not as though I think Lutherans or the Synod are beyond criticism—a quick review of this blog will tell you that. At the same time, our heritage of theology, hymnody, and history is a precious treasure won through hard-fought spiritual warfare against the Devil and this world. There are certainly things we need to change—mainly having to do with our embrace of modern worldliness and rejection of God’s word and our theological heritage—but one should not broadly treat precious things in such a manner, nor encourage others to do the same.

Oh yes. Have encountered this among the tradCalvs; a pastor I know whose previous two charges were missionary church plants in other cultures, now preaching in a regular North American congregation, who still seems to be on a ‘mission’, that of criticizing how his tradition has ‘always’ done certain things certain ways, and emphasizing his opinion on the need of the church to change, sounding like businesses saying ‘innovate or die’… Said congregation wants to embrace a more ‘evangelical’ church model of outreach to the local community, so they lap all this self-derogatory stuff up, and go along with his ‘call me by my first name’ informality when off the pulpit, his gimmickry-for-the-kids when on the pulpit, some liturgy changes, etc. Sad…

I get it. You’ve been elsewhere and found that you’ve had to adapt to local conditions, and have found some success in doing so, more than you did doing things the usual way. Good for you. But that doesn’t mean that what works elsewhere will automatically work back at home, and that change must occur. Stop with the missionary zeal, and remember your regular pastoral calling, would be what I would not so humbly suggest.

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11 Comments

Posted by on January 23, 2018 in churchianity, religion, Theology

 

11 responses to “Missionaries and the impulse to bash one’s own tradition

  1. ar10308

    January 23, 2018 at 1:25 am

    One thing I’ve heard in more Evangelical/Baptist Church’s is pastor’s saying “Oh come on, pretend you’re a Black Church!” Usually after the congregation isn’t as outwardly expressive of something the pastor wants them to be excited about.

     
    • Will S.

      January 23, 2018 at 1:28 am

      WTF?

      Sheesh!

      {SMH}

       
    • Will S.

      January 23, 2018 at 1:29 am

      Someone should then accuse them of ‘cultural appropriation’; that’d shut their cuckvangelical churchian gobs. 😉

       
      • ar10308

        January 23, 2018 at 1:33 am

        Yeah, I always found it particularly distasteful when they said it, and that was before I was ever Red Pilled.

        Usually it was just a vain pastor believing that everyone should cheer for him about something.

         
      • Will S.

        January 23, 2018 at 6:49 am

        🙂

         
    • Captain Blood

      January 23, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Should show him the church scene in The Blues Brothers. “Like this?”

       
  2. feeriker

    January 23, 2018 at 8:08 am

    So much to unpack here.

    It’s not as though I think Lutherans or the Synod are beyond criticism—a quick review of this blog will tell you that. At the same time, our heritage of theology, hymnody, and history is a precious treasure won through hard-fought spiritual warfare against the Devil and this world. There are certainly things we need to change—mainly having to do with our embrace of modern worldliness and rejection of God’s word and our theological heritage—but one should not broadly treat precious things in such a manner, nor encourage others to do the same.

    Inability to grasp cause and effect isn’t just a female shortcoming. It seems that far too many churchians of both sexes cannot –or perhaps will not— grasp the fact that it is the abandonment of their church’s traditions and doctrine in favor of the ways of the modern world that has rendered them ineffective as witnesses for Christ.

     
    • Will S.

      January 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      I think Matthew Cochran does understand that.

       

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