Monday, March 13, 2006

Guilt by Association...with Us

Anonymous Lutherans are taking aim our friend, Pastor William Weedon, because some of his words have appeared on -- gasp! -- Orthodox websites (like, say, this one). In defense of my friend, a reality check for his anonymous McCarthyite critics:

1. Pastor Weedon, to my everlasting regret, is still a faithful member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. If you doubt this, ask his District President. (While you're at it, show me the term "District President" in the Bible.)
2. Given the nature of the internet, one often finds his words reposted -- in full or in part, sometimes edited against the author's original point -- with or without permission. If they have been altered or has been posted against one's will, one can ask politely for a change or threaten to sue. Otherwise, if you're not selling those words for a profit, who cares?
3. As triumphalist as the LCMS is (and I know whereof I speak here), why not boast that we tongue-tied Orthodox had to turn to a Lutheran to act as our vox? Why aren't these critics just happy to have LCMS pastors quoted?

And why don't they leave our poor Lutheran friend, Pr. Weedon, alone?

5 Comments:

Blogger Aristibule said...

Good point on his blog about 'anonymity' on the net.

First, no one should ever assume that they will get away with anonymity. ('Your Sins Will Find You Out')

Two, buying anything from an 'anonymous' is like purchasing food without a label. One could just as easily be ingesting someone else's poison.

Third. Big surprise! Lutheranism has kooks just like Orthodoxy, Catholicism, et al. If one has to hide their name, it probably means they *know* they don't do well.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Yes, that's one point. I just hope this criticism won't cause him to change the orientation of his blog; it's well worth reading. He's even commented on this blog before -- so I hope he won't be scared off from playing in our sandbox now. :)

10:43 AM  
Blogger Lux Et Gloria said...

Speaking of anonymity, hello there. :)

Ben, forgive me for thieving some of your excellent links for use on my new blog. I hope you don't mind!

As far as anonymity goes...not all reasons are dubious for concealing one's identity. Sometimes it is merely prudent.

8:36 PM  
Blogger cheryl said...

Pastor Weedon, to my everlasting regret, is still a faithful member of the Lutheran Church-Missour Synod.

That's not being very considerate of his flock and those who depend on him.

He's a Pastor. If he left, it would affect awhole lot more people, besides himself. I myself depend upon pastors like him. Which is why I personally lament Pastor Hogg's conversion.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for dropping in! It looks like you have an interesting blog yourself. I hope to give it a look.

In terms of Pastor Weedon and others in general: I would hope they would bring their congregatiosn with them. :) If they and their congregants share such a high view of ecclesiology, etc., they will not long be at home in Confessional Lutheranism (esp. with the LCMS' congregationalist makeup).

Thanks again for your comments. I didn't mean to give offense.

God bless,
Ben

3:24 PM  

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