Let’s say you’re a devout Lutheran who does not think last week’s ruling, to allow sexually active gays to become clergy, was the right call. What are you to do? Join a separate Lutheran group that’s gone rogue and doesn’t follow those mainstream Lutheran rules!
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
has split developed separately from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which means they don’t have to listen to all those rules passed last week. It sort of makes LCMS’s slogan — “One Mission … One Message … One People” — kind of silly, but hey, it’s their Jesus. While other churches are threatening to leave ECLA, some have already gone and done it. Brave.
“We are basically the ‘other’ church,” says Rev. Bob Kobler, who left ECLA. “Even though we are Lutheran and they are Lutheran, they have a different look on the world, on society and everything and their look is much more liberal than ours.”
If you’re wondering what the Rev. Kobler means by “liberal,” we’ll give you a hint: His new home at LCMS not only doesn’t allow gays to become clergy, but women are banned, too. Their wombs get in the way of talking to God.