View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another Protestant Church `Jumps The Shark'

Following the path being forged by the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has "jumped the shark" when it comes to sexual morality.

Last week, the Evangelical Lutheran Church leadership voted to condone sex outside marriage and to allow sexually-active homosexual clergy.

"Jump the shark" is a term that refers to a point in a television show's or movie series' history in which the plot lurches off into absurd story lines or out-of-the-ordinary characterizations. It usually comes when the show or series is starting to decline and it's often a desperate but futile move to try to add energy or life. The term emerged after an episode in the television show Happy Days in which the character Fonzi did a water-skiing jump over a shark.

The Episcopal Church long ago lost sexual (and doctrinal) credibility - but then, it was a church created to justify sexual impropriety in the first place.

Just as the Episcopal Church's wayward ways has helped to lead some of its disillusioned members back home to Rome, perhaps we might see some ELCA members turn to Catholic Church for steadfast moral beliefs.

Say a prayer for the many good Lutherans who are already troubled by their leaders' decisions.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainy will. I've a daughter who remarried outside of the Church, and landed in Lutheran mega-church country out in Ohio. My granddaughter had initially been brought to Mass by her father, but he's fallen away from everything, too.. maybe you're right.. maybe this foolish move on the part of the Lutheran church will send some of the kids *home.*

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