Monday, July 31, 2006

CID calls for pulling back from current adminstration's positions

CID in convention pass resolutions to rescind two important decisions of hte 2004 convention which were pressed through by the current administration.

1. Rescend 2004 resolution 8-01A which placed much more authority into the hands of District Presidents for ecclesiastical oversight while limiting the authority of pastors or congregations to be involved in holding each other accountable to God's Word, in effect creating a hierarchy of authority on supervision and

2. Seeking to rescend 2004 3-08A which liberalized the Synod's position on women in functions related to service in the church. CID is requesting a return to the previous position and further study to be sure we are on biblical grounds.

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CID continues to call into question (as it did in 2003 along with many other districts) certain decisions of the CCM

Including 02-2296 and 02-2309 (the so called - immunity rulings which say that a pastor or teacher is exempt from charges, even if their action or practice was contrary to Scripture, as long as they have permission from supervisors.) CID would like these rescinded which would once again create full accountability to God's Word.

CID also is calling for recension of 2004 Resolution 3-06A (Guidelines for Participation in Civic Events) and asks for the recision of the practice of licensing lay people for doing functional tasks of the Pastoral Office.

So obviously, we are not "one voice, one mission, one people" as our President would declare. The issues hear prior to the 2004 convention continue to be important and undecided. And it is important to note that those with concern regarding the current direction of our Synod are not just some rogue hard nosed legalistic small minded pastors out in the hinterlands who don't really count. Once again, entire Districts are saying there are problems with what the current administration and leadership stand for and the agenda they are driving and the problems rise beyond personal preferences to a question as to the Scriptural validity of some of the positions. Second, many of the individual voices are coming from church men and women throughout the Synod who have an excellent reputation for being faithful men and women of God.

The question is will the President of the Synod encourage the committees to actually have conversation on these issues and differences and examine them in light of Scripture, or will they again be glossed over with an emphasis on obedience and submission to our "synodical authorities"? Next summer will tell.

Another question is this? Will the laity and pastors who are the people of our church care? Will we care enough to be informed about the issues? Will we care enough to talk to one another and fully understand each other's positions? Will we care enough to study the positions and see which stand and fall in light of God's Word? Will we care enough to change, if we are wrong? Will we care enough to be faithful even if it is not popular? Will we care enought to grow if we find that God is calling us to grow in our practice (but a genuine calling based on careful study of God's Word and the Confessions and not just some felt need or felt calling)? Will we care enought to be "Lutheran"? Do we care what the word "Lutheran" means anymore? Will we care enough to do what is necessary or will we turn a blind eye, retreat into our indivdual parishes, cave in to organizational and social pressure, or just give up and split? Our forefathers in the 70's facing great division did the hard and necessary work to retain unity on the basis of confession grounded in God's Word and our Synod was retained. Can we do it again? This time, can we resolve the issues, or have we all become so stubborn, so sure we are right, so entrenched and close minded in our self-righteousness that conflict is inevitable and division desireable?

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