A Presbyterian Comes to Lutheranism: Why?
I’ve been in contact recently with a Presbyterian pastor who has shared with me his deeply moving account of coming to a point where he is on the cusp of a decision about his continued membership in the Presbyterian Church. What is it all about for him? Christ! Here is what he has said about why he has come down this path toward Wittenberg. I get these kinds of message at least twice a week. I am convinced that if we Lutherans stopped apologizing for being Lutheran, stopped trying so hard to imitate the big-box non-denoms and E-Frees around us, reached out with sincere love, concern and sympathy for others, extended the mercy of Christ through word and deed, and were clearly and positively and enthusiastically intent on letting people know what Lutheranism is all about, these kinds of situations would be commonplace. Listen to this man’s words:
My interest in Lutheranism is deeply rooted in my sense that Christ
Jesus really is the center of all truth and theological reflection
about God. Over the years I’ve moved from one tradition to the next,
each one stating the centrality of Christ and each one proving, in the
long run, to be not so dependent upon Jesus as the One and only Savior
after all. My wife and I attended a Lutheran Church while we lived in
North Dakota and the one thing I remembered after nearly 20 years of
being away from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is that there we were
encouraged to entrust ourselves without qualification to God through
Beautiful! He gets it. Do we??