Churches that maintain traditional stances on various and sundry doctrinal and moral issues are increasingly looked upon as judgmental, not only by the secular culture (which as doubtlessly always thought as much) but by Christians as well. This article in the Des Moines Register Sunday illustrates this well: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012306030007
Missouri Synod Lutherans in particular are seen as being too rigid, narrow-minded, and not open to dialogue by many both outside and inside the Church. But why are we surprised by this? There was a time when there was some general agreement between the Church and the culture in moral absolutes. Christian or not, it wasn’t right to sleep around. So, it is only natural as the culture itself has grown more permissive and more tolerant of aberrant behaviors and philosophical views that any church that does not change and adapt will be viewed as judgmental and strict.
Over a century…
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