First, let me say: "Well done, good and faithful fellow servants!" It's great to hear the broader LCMS community stepping into the fray to voice their disappointment with the infamous decision from the suits at 1333.
Second, let me say: "Let's hear more District Pastors' Conferences join the growing chorus!" Wyoming (my former District)? Montana? Districts on the right and left coasts? My own District of Missouri? (Although I'm not sure how it would happen, since we don't have a spring conference in the works. Perhaps Circuit by Circuit?)
Now, third, having said all of that, let me ask some questions simply meant for pondering and, hopefully, for good discussion:
- What can we expect to come of these resolutions? I love the show of solidarity. I love the proof positive that Issues, Etc. simply must have been more listened to and more influential than the Strand-Kieschnick propaga... er ... "explanations" would have us believe. But what, really, will these resolutions do? (Okay, I can resonate well with the ancient Romans as a practical, "does it work?" kind of people! :-)
- Would we really want Todd and Jeff to return to their former place of employment? Would they really be able to carry on their fine work as before, or would they be under more scrutiny? Might they have to agree to some kind of stipulations (I don't know what at this point, but I'm sure some bureaucrat somewhere would think of something!) that would most likely water down the show? Wouldn't they labor under the shadow of an already established vocational guillotine, just wondering when the sharp blade of termination might drop ... again?
- What would happen if Todd and Jeff could begin a brand new radio program? What could happen if they would take their already established format, guests, and incisive discussions and make the show even more cutting-edge? Just think of how they could further proclaim the Gospel of Christ crucified and risen for us sinners! Just think of how many more folks across the country and around the globe might be able to hear and appreciate the faithful teaching of the voice and producer of the former Issues, Etc.!
So, what do you say? Please chime in.