Apr 23 2009

Lutheran Day

Published by at 5:13 pm under Rants,Religious

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  1. Meon 04 May 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I can understand the sentiments. I’ve had those days myself. Not wanting to go because it just is too much.

    But the friend who goes “someplace else” because it’s easier misses the real reason why we go to church.

    Our covenants are not and have never ever been about what we get out of going to church and participating. They have always been about what we have covenanted to do for others. About fulfilling the obligations we have willingly accepted.

    That’s why it’s so important that we figure out how to deal with all those with all that extra baggage. Can I still love them? Can I still work with them? Can I still accept their poor leadership or followership? Can I feel the spirit when a teacher clearly hasn’t prepared to each a lesson? Can I respond in a Christlike manner when it seems nobody else cares or is?

    The final point is that our life, on earth, is really a grand test of obedience. Choosing to have Lutheran days, or going to a different unit, or whatever is a choice we can make. And there are consequences, sooner or later, for those choices. And our perfect father never forces us to choose. He may command a choice, be he can’t force us to obey that command. In the LONG run, overcoming the desire to have a Lutheran day will bring the greatest happiness.

    But man, some days it’s darn hard to not envy them….

  2. dougon 04 May 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Me, Thanks for the comment. I agree with you. It is the sentiment that I was trying to communicate. As I think about it, I probably misstated my support for my friends actions by saying that I support him 100%.

    Writing this post made me think of a line from the Declaration of Independence. “accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

    I have to be careful. I am not suggesting that what made my friend attend a different unit was actual abuse or “evils,” but I do think that in his mind those things he and his family were suffering did raise to an intolerable level, so instead of continuing, he threw off the burden.

    There is much to be said about whether or not that is the right thing to do or not. Likely, it wasn’t. But many times we wonder to ourselves why it is that we don’t get more people attending without putting in any effort to find the empathy required that may help them come back.

    After seeing the difference in this guys attitude toward the gospel after attending somewhere else makes it difficult to fault him. I really am happy that he is finding the happiness that eluded him in is home ward. Hopefully he will find there what he needs to overcome his challenges at his regular unit.

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