My Take on LCMS Convention Resolutions 3-10, 4-14, and 7-06
I don’t quite concur, and here’s the reasons I posted on BJS :
Resolution 3-10: I consider this to be a “make it look like we’re doing something” study. It should be re-written to investigate what Synod and the DP’s are doing to get these candidates into Calls, refer those DP’s et al who aren’t doing their job to the appropriate disciplinary / correctional authority, and help share the lessons of those DP’s and related Synodical members who are doing it right with the rest of Synod.
Resolution 4-14: This one is dangerous – the expectations between a congregation and it’s “Callee” should be laid out and identified _before_ the Call is extended and accepted, not afterwards when they’re “stuck” with each other. It’s also missing a call to stop “trying to resolve” situations when it’s clear that one or both sides are entrenched in their sin. In such cases the DP et al should “wield the sword” Christ gives to His designated authorities and discipline and / or punish errant congregations when they persist in walking astray.
Resolution 7-06: The “Whereas” is good, the “resolved” for the COP to seek a compassionate way to serve men on CRM is – to me – an indictment that they aren’t doing it now! The second resolved finally takes a stand and instructs the COP to “do something” about the problem. I would rather they be instructed to come up with a solution to a problem during the next triennium.