Wednesday, August 27, 2008

W. E. Messamore's letter to the ELCA

Messamore, author of the excellent blog (which I don't read quite as often as I'd like to) Slaying Dragons, asked me to consider this post and perhaps post its entirety here. Since he deserves traffic too, here is an excerpt:
Confrontation is sometimes necessary. I'm not writing it off as an inherent evil. But good, charitable conversation is preferable when possible, should be completely exhausted before moving on to full-blown rhetorical confrontation, and is usually far more effective at helping both parties to see and overcome flaws in their beliefs for their betterment.

That said, the following is my own letter to ELCA, addressing the same issues and hopefully in a more conversational way:

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+ In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. ...
A good start! Read the rest on his blog.

3 comments:

W. E. Messamore said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Hannah. It really matters deeply to me that as many Christians as possible hear that you don't have to be a socialist to care for the poor, and that in fact doing so is contrary to how God's Kingdom operates. Thanks again for the link!

steve martin said...

W.E. Messamore's letter to the ELCA was a great thing to do.

It would've been a better thing to do if the grand high poohbahs in the ELCA gave a rip about what anyone else thinks. They do not. Unless of course your voice is a Christian bashing voice from another religion or secular group...then they'll care.

These 60's style liberals are much smarter and wiser that any of us. They pretty say as much to your face, if you express any conservative values at all.

I always seem to have much more fruitful conversations with the walls in my living room.

Hannah J said...

W. E. Messamore, you're welcome! Keep up the blog.

Steve, I agree. Sometimes it seems the same way in the LCMS - especially with the Issues, Etc. issue. Sit it out, and keep up your excellent blog.