Several members sent me Radio Silence by Mollie Ziegler Hemingway in the March 28 Wall Street Journal. Here is what troubles me: Why hasn’t either Schwarz or Wilken spoken out? I have looked everywhere I know of to find their story. No one reports it. I’ve heard they have agreed to say nothing in return for severance packages. I don’t know this to be true. I would like to know one way or the other. For family, financial, practical reasons they might have had little choice.
The article was right about this being part of the larger battle in the LCMS, and just like the last one – which this one is a continuation of – theological debate is not happening; political maneuvering is. This is because, in my opinion, property, money, and mammon mean more than doctrinal truth to the majority on both sides of the theology.
If you fight about doctrinal truth and error, then one side or the other must at some point walk away because “What fellowship can light have with darkness?” Neither side is willing to walk away from the name, the institution, the property, the “prestige” of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Hence, the fight is joined on the basis of politics not principles. Last time the politics was on our side. We won. The “losing” side stayed and bided their time till the politics changed. They have. The Zeitgeist of the world that produced and elected a Bill Clinton, the perfect political machine, has done so, and could not fail to do so, in a church of the world.
To which we can only say, Kyrie eleison. To which He says, “Here’s Water for your wounds; Body and Blood from My wounds; and Words of mercy that endure forever from My lips for your ears.”