At its last meeting on August 20-21 the LCMS Board of Directors voted to endorse the Lutheran Malaria initiative. This was at the initiative of John Nunes, the director of this pan-Lutheran group which not only partners with the LCMS but also the ELCA.
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. Romans 16:17
It has been bad enough that we have been working together with those who deny scripture by ordaining women but now we will be working hand in hand with those who deny God’s moral law.
According to the Reporter article the synod will even be starting a pilot program in certain districts to raise money to work alongside those who create obstacles contrary to the doctrine we have received from Christ.
I raise one more question for our discussion of this matter. Even if we were doing this effort alone, is it the church’s job to bring an end to malaria? For sure, individual Christians should be moved to relieve pain and suffering but should the church have formal programs like this. The scriptures tell us that we ought to care for our brothers and sisters in the faith when they are suffering and I see many projects from LCMS World Relief and Human Care (a different organization than Lutheran World Relief) that do just that.
What do you Brothers and our other readers think about joining with the ELCA to stamp out malaria and what do you think about the church working in general for social justice in the world? I look forward to your comments.