Thus spake James M. in Scurry, TX (emphasis mine):
...[G]etting Big Brother's permission to instruct our own offspring can logically be followed by getting his permission to give birth to them ("Certifying Parents," Review & Outlook, March 22). The difference is one of degree, not principle.
Fortunately, thousands of American parents are still aware of a higher law than California's judicial dictators. "You shall teach [these words of Mine] to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Deuteronomy 11:19).
Good for you, James! Now, here are samplings from the wide range of opinions regarding the present state of my synod (emphasis and bold parenthetical material mine):
From Ed P. in Dearborn, MI:
The Church...is Christ's Church and any matter of the Church needs to be reviewed in the light of Scripture.
Who was just saying something about the kingdom of God having the purpose of making $$?
From Rev. Wayne W. Schwiesow, Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville, Mo. and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee, Mo., a former guest and listener to the show:
While many publicly pretend that the divisions do not exist, as a pastor in the denomination and as a delegate to the 2007 LCMS Convention in Houston, I have observed these divisions firsthand and have been dismayed by them. Keep up the good work!
From Helen J. in Austin, TX, some particularly telling statistics:
In truth, the denomination had its most "unified" convention in years last summer because the opposition to the Rev. Gerald Kieschnick was simply kept from any meaningful participation. Mr. Kieschnick was re-elected by only 52% in spite of this control. "Missouri" is divided.Yep, the kingdom of God is definitely supposed to be parallel to the USSR, Saudi Arabia, and all those wonderful countries where half the population essentially doesn't matter. (rolls eyes)