Lars Walker’s description of the ELCA’s motivation for reaching out to minorities is right on target. It is inherently selfish and based on a universalist theology. Walker accurately describes the ELCA statistical report process and the dishonesty inherent in the formation of the ELCA. What Walker describes is perhaps also at the heart of why there is such support of the GLBTQ agenda. If the Theology of the Cross is no longer at the center of institutional life, a new raisons d’etre must be found. Inclusivity has become the new definition of the Gospel. It is not about bringing the real Gospel to people, but justifying an institution by statistically proving that it is inclusive. There is a lot to ponder here. It also raises questions for non-ELCA Lutherans about why we evangelize. To meet goals? To justify institutional existence ? To bring the life-giving word of the Cross of Christ to those caught in the chains of sin, death, and the power of the devil?
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