I had the privilege of volunteering for Higher Things for many years. As many of you know, it’s a wonderful organization that provides our youth an opportunity to worship around the clock, learn more about Lutheranism and connect with other young Lutherans for fun and shenanigans.
It’s precisely the type of thing that Synod, Inc. should be embracing. But, for some extremely odd reason, Synod, Inc. is more interested in chasing fads from the 1980s than getting “officially” involved with groups such as Higher Things. Sometimes there are Synodical officials who are downright hostile to the group. Which, at this point, is probably all the better for people interested in advancing confessional Lutheranism.
Anyway, I thought it interesting that this generic Christian group gets Synodical blessing. It’s called UKANDU. Here’s the Northern Illinois District’s Ablaze! site highlighting this group. It’s got some Lutheran ties — but also a lot of non-Lutheran ties. And judging from the website, there is nothing distinctively Lutheran about it at all. Compare that with groups such as Higher Things — where you can’t be involved unless you’re a confessional Lutheran. Why would Synodical districts support UKANDU and not, say, Higher Things?