By now, many have heard the sad news that as of July 15 the Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker will be removed from the roster of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Rev. Becker has been an LCMS pastor for twenty six years, and is currently a Professor at Valparaiso University after having also served several years in the Concordia University System. Rev. Becker has consistently and faithfully spoken out against increasingly narrow interpretations of scripture which in recent years have been embraced by synodical officials as mandatory for any who would consider themselves to be Christian. Ordain Women Now – an organisation within the LCMS (Read more for further detail) Read here for Matt Becker’s record of the event.
The expulsion of Matthew Becker is an attempt to homogenise the LC-MS so that it speaks with one narrow theological voice. However, in these changing multi-cultural and diverse societies it is just not realistic to expect that our theology will be as one. It is realistic, however, to expect that in our journeying together our theology will grow closer.
We believe that a church should be stable and loving enough to hold differences of theology lightly, and that diversity will bring strength, not weakness.
Joining a church is not a statement that we agree with every theological stance that it may take. Rather, it is a statement that we are willing to journey together as we engage with Christ in our lives and what that might mean for our interaction with society and those around us.
The expulsion of Matthew Becker, rather than being an act of healing, is an act of self-destruction which will most likely lead to further expulsions and departures from the LC-MS. In the end, the Gospel is not about law, it is about love and forgiving one another in Christ.