Pastor Weedon, as promised, has broken his Holy Triduum fast on discussing the Issues, Etc. cancellation. You can read his thoughts for a "plan of action" here. I applaud him for suggesting that the language of "protest" and "demonstration" be replaced with that of "prayer vigil." After all, we are Church, correct? We are Christians who are celebrating the life that our Lord has won and given us in His glorious Resurrection, right? Let's let that life energize us at this time. Let's rise above the merely political mindset that says, "Let's get even with 'em, and even trounce 'em!"
And with all of Pr. Weedon's fine thoughts in mind, let's also remember that this matter of cancelling Issues, Etc. is part of a bigger picture. We would also be wise to consider some thoughts by Mr. Chris Rosebrough, a guest on Issues, Etc. and a former parishioner of Pr. Cwirla at Holy Trinity in Hacienda Heights, CA (click here to see what Pr. Cwirla says on Mr. Rosebrough and his qualifications to offer this analysis). Mr. Rosebrough gives some very good thoughts on what exactly is transpiring in this cancellation of Issues, Etc. You can read his thoughts here, as well as follow other links that will paint a broader picture.
As I've said before, both privately and here on my blog, this cancellation as truly been a long time in coming. In fact, we also need to remember that Mr. Rosebrough's words, as insightful as they are, still only give part of the picture. The LCMS has been heading down this road of seeking to be "seeker-senstitive" for a long time. I even remember such nonsense during the years of Pres. Bohlman's tenure. We may have had a bit of a hiatus from such things during Pres. Barry's time, but now it's been coming back, as we see in this Issues, Etc. debacle.
So, with all of this in mind, let me throw out another thought - perhaps not that popular, I know, but at least worth considering. Would we truly serve the cause, the host, and the producer of Issues, Etc. well by trying to reinstate them in the same synodical bureacratic climate and structure that has now canceled them? Wouldn't we necessarily have to wonder if it could happen again, down the road?
Might the cause, format, host and producer, and especially the message of Issues, Etc. be better served by becoming more the phoenix that arises from the ashes of last week's ignominious cancellation? What I mean is this: I wonder if Pr. Wilken, Mr. Schwarz and company, along with loyal listeners, might be able to arise to do even more good by becoming independent of the LCMS. Perhaps a new show, with a new name, but maintaining the same Christ-centered message and similar format would better serve the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for much longer time to come. Just a thought. Please comment!