Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Political Pick

A Political Pick

This October 2007 interview with Dr. Jeff Walz is a discussion of research done on the political attitudes held by LCMS clergy (“Lutheran Pastors and Politics“). Their political leanings, how active they are politically, and if and how they broach politics with their congregations are all discussed.


Dr. Walz starts the interview by discussing the joint campaign he is running with Dr. James Burkee for the same congressional seat.


Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Political Pick — 3 Comments

  1. This was interesting and worthy of careful thought and consideration. I was influenced by Vietnam and Watergate and apparently the younger pastors were not. These younger men are now the shapers of action and thought in the conservative branch of Lutheranism of which I, as a member of the ELS, find myself. My cohorts of the Vietnam/Watergate era are not led as these younger men apparently are by the abortion/homosexuality issues. Apparently Neuhaus influenced these younger conservatives in a way that went past us or over our heads. The Neuhausian influence is seen in the actions of Harrison, the Indiana Seminary, and many of the talkers and bloggers into opposition to the incumbent POTUS and his program. This is surprising and unsettling, to me, thT things had gone so far to the right in the conservative Lutheran groups.

    Norman Teigen, Layman
    Evangelical Lutheran Synod

  2. The Missouri Synod is becoming more involved with politics. Previously, the LCMS created a webpage, “Religious Liberty: Free to be Faithful,” which also has a link to the LHM Men’s Network, “The Intersection of Church & State.” The Men’s Network has a video and men’s bible study on that topic. A two-part comment (#27 and #28) about some of the statements made in the video is on the October 16th BJS thread, “Two Kingdoms doctrine, who needs that?”

    The LCMS’s WMLT blog site today has a new thread, “Two Wars We Must Not Lose,” promoting a new book with the same name written by Mr. Bill Hecht, former pastor, now president of Hecht, Spencer & Associates.

    For a clue on the “Two Wars,” the CTS press release notes that “Secularism and the rise of Islam around the world are hot-button issues in society today.” Also included in the CTS press release are these statements by LMCS President Matthew Harrison:

    “In his career on Capitol Hill, he [Hecht] has had unparalleled access to and knowledge of every significant political person and event in Washington D.C., over the past 40 years. If I could recommend one book for clergy and laity to read on the crisis of the American experience, how we got here, and what we must do, hands down, this book is it.”

    and by CTS President Larry Rast:

    “Whether or not you agree with all of Bill Hecht’s points, there is no question that he is uniquely positioned, as a theologically trained LCMS Lutheran, to interpret past, present and future challenges.”

    The book is being published and sold by CTS Press ($14.95 +shipping). If you are hesitant about the $$, the press release notes, “A complimentary copy of the book has been mailed to all sole/senior pastors of LCMS congregations.” So, if interested, check with your pastor.

    BTW, do CTS Press books have to go through doctrinal review like CPH books?

  3. The Missouri Synod is becoming more involved with politics.

    It’s only following in its Saxon fathers’ footsteps. I believe that Prof. Rast, in the course of penning a blistering analysis of America’s democratizing influence on Carl Vehse’s notions of ecclesial polity (“Democracy or Demogogery? The Saxon
    Emigration and American Culture,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 63[4]: 247-268, 1999), noted that the Saxons’ favorite journal of record and notice was the Anzeiger des Westens, a Missourian German newspaper and a prominent mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. The professor also chose to disclose that C.F.W. Walther was a member of the Jefferson-Jackson cult. Apparently, to his fellow travelors, it was no great secret, or great shame. There is every reason to think that he voted for the “Little Giant,” over “Honest What’s-His-Name.”

    Of course, the introduction to this website explicitly and enthusiastically touts the political skills of John the Steadfast, abilities useful in keeping the nascent Lutheran rehabilitation of the Church catholic alive.

    Your (unworthy) servant,
    Herr Doktor

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