We Need Some Levity – A New Cartoon by Pastor Blazek

After all this serious (but necessary) discussion of the Texas “Lutheran” Youth Gathering, we need some levity. If it strikes his fancy I am sure Pastor Blazek will draw a cartoon based on the gathering but for now we will have to settle for a satirical look at open communion.

Speaking of humor, I could not help but pass this little quote along to you. It is from the Synod’s website.

“Our job is not just ministry to children, but to come alongside children and help them minister to others.”  With those words, Dr. Roger Theimer summed up what many said was a main point for the Synod’s first annual Children’s Ministry Conference…. Theimer is children’s pastor at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Omaha.


I couldn’t make something up half this goofy if I tried! We are making our youth into children at the Texas District Youth Gathering and our children into adults (“ministers”) at the National Children’s Ministry Conference.


Pastor Rossow


(you can click on the cartoon to make it larger)

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


We Need Some Levity – A New Cartoon by Pastor Blazek — 10 Comments

  1. I just have to say that if the impenitent or unbelievers get past the ushers, the elders, and the statement in the bulletin, who else BUT the pastor is going to stop them?

    A pastor does not go through 8 years of seminary to be a mere bartender !
    That’s not what we call pastors to do.
    [What’s next? Leaving the pastor a tip for the shot glasses at the rail? How cheap.]

  2. A pastor does not go through 8 years of seminary to be a mere bartender !

    Indeed…but…even a regular bartender is responsible for trying to keep from giving something to someone if he has cause to believe it is going to harm him. Bartenders sometimes have to refuse drinks to people of legal age for this reason, and pastors have to refuse people whom they know to be Christians, but whose confession is such that being in such potent contact with the Body and Blood of God the Son could be to their detriment instead of to their benefit.


  3. Let’s see if I got this one…

    Assured, we can rightly agree the images of Luther and Zwingli are not some present day perpetual polemical unsettled reenactment of Marburg. This historic disputation has long past reached its joyous fruition; to Germany the GOLD, with a perfect score.

    Included herein this telling cartoon we find our center of interest. Our eyes scan and seek its placement and direction. Not surprising, it’s found in the capable hands of Pastor Luther. Pointing emphatically to the unyielding Word of truth, “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth” (2 Cor 13:8).

    As if the divinely appointed reformer is again sent out to readdress this self-reasoning mushy Pastor’s concerns for hurt feelings we hear his admonishment. “No, my dear man, do not recommend to me peace and unity when thereby God’s Word is lost, for then eternal life and everything else would be lost. In this matter there can be no yielding nor giving way, no, not for love of you or any other person, but everything must yield to the Word, whether it be friend or foe. In all other matters, one needs love, for love yields, but not faith; it will not stand for anything. Let everyone be proud and unremitting here, unless he wants to deny Christ.”

    No one alive in centuries was an eyewitness to the call of, “The doors the doors, holy things for the holy ones!” Quite obvious that the confused “labeled” laity in our background are not the zealous doorkeepers charged in this exclaim. This good order in the early church then guarded the entrances and shut the doors at the commencement of the Lord’s Supper, allowing only those baptized and fully instructed to remain after Sermon. No parallel here for today’s gatekeeper with a mushy need to please man while setting aside our Lord’s warnings and endangering His flock; communion meant communion. “This is my body,” the truth Zwingli can now understand.

    Not that we should resurrect this reverent willingness from our priesthood to insure unity of faith with such measures as closing doors… but… well… look closely again at Pastor Blazek’s Cartoon with eyes that clearly see. Luther must have just wiped the tears from his weeping eyes.

    John Chrysostom, (386AD) wrote:
    The Holy Things are profaned by them, not knowing what they are…
    The Mysteries we also therefore celebrate with closed doors, and keep out the uninitiated, not for any weakness of which we have convicted our rites, but because the many are as yet imperfectly prepared for them.

  4. David,

    Having not been a lifelong Lutheran, I am not very well versed in Reformation history, and I find your comment hard to follow. Could you explain in simpler terms why Luther would weep upon looking at this cartoon?

    Just trying to understand.

  5. Loved the conversation between Zwingli and Luther.

    I can see why Luther would have wept, as pointed out by David. We should be weeping and confess we have not loved our neighbors by allowing their perhaps unknowingly self condemnation. We have failed to admonish those whom we freely chose to commune with, and have allowed them to freely practice open communion. I suppose we can turn on devotions to 1 Corinthians 11:27-34, where the Apostle Paul makes it clear that it is possible to approach the Lord’s Table in an “unworthy manner.” The brilliantly detailed cartoon illustrates this with the lesbian, ploytheist, and I’ll assume the partially hidden lutheran parishioner receiving Christ in a unworthy manner.

    Wrongly, Zwingli thought of the elements in the Lord’s Supper as signs by which the faithful declare that they have received grace and belong to the body of the faithful. For Zwingli the Holy Communion was for all intents and purposes a public profession of faith and celebrative thanksgiving. Therefore, was only concern about open communion.

    Luther, on the other hand, placed great credence on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist as means of Grace to the faithful. And taught that believers ate the body of Christ given for them and drank the blood that was shed for the forgiveness of sins at the Lord’s Supper to their blessing, while unbelievers ate and drank to their own condemnation.

    So, dear steadfast brothers, wipe those tears from your eyes and speak up to the irreverent gatekeepers you are aware of. It may be futile, but at the very least, you must try.

  6. Pastor Blazek’s cartoon reminds me of an incident a long time ago in a city near the sea. A young woman came to the altar. I looked at her and could not place her nor was she with anybody I could identify as a relative of hers. I asked her “Are you confirmed?” She nodded her head. I still did not recognize her nor did I know if she was confirmed as a Lutheran. I asked her, “Are you a member of the church?” Again, she nodded her head and I was still in the dark as to who she was. Finally, I bluntly asked her, “Who are you?” She immediately told me her name. I was embarrassed as I communed her, knowing her from childhood. Afterwards we shared a lighthearted moment at my failing to recognize her due to a new “do,” makeup, and dress. There was no problem with her or her family over my questioning her. The entire congregation spoke later about the time “Pastor almost didn’t commune Kathy.” We chuckled over that, but it did teach a lesson. “Holy things for holy people.” Since then, I have done the same thing numerous times with unknown folk coming to the table. No one questions it at all. I am certain that not everyone understands, but they do recognize that Holy Communion truly means to be “in union with” and not just having the hankering to do what everybody else does.

  7. Sikhs (the dude in the dastaar- mistakenly called turbins) do not typically have the Hindu caste bindu (forehead dot) because, though both live in India, they are two separate religions.

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