Not that long ago I read through a Concordia University’s glossy biannual magazine. I was struck by how little Jesus there was in it. I went back and took another look. I saw no Jesus. I downloaded it and did a search. Zero Jesus. Zero. By comparison, the word innovation, or one of its derivatives, was used 34 times. That’s right. Thirty-four. Luke 12:34 comes to mind: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” There’s a systemic problem when Jesus can’t be found in the span of thirty pages of a university claiming “Lutheran” as a core theme.*
My point is not to pick on any particular Concordia. My point is to emphasize the importance of electing people to our Synod boards and commissions who expect to find Jesus on every page. District Conventions begin in four months, and the National Convention the following year. Now is the time to be working on nominating solid Lutherans to fill positions in the Concordia University System and the University Boards of Regents. Our campuses need to be alive in Christ, in print and in practice. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).
*The previous issue mentioned Jesus twice—once, to his credit, by the President of the University, and once in a blurb about a book written by an alumnus. Twelve months, sixty pages, Jesus twice.