To kick off the new year, I’ve been reading an old essay by J.A.O. Preus called “The Authority of Scripture.” I’ve also been working my way through the more recent “God’s Word Forever Shall Abide”, a joint statement of some of the leaders of the LCMS, NALC, and LCC (Although the LCC reps didn’t actually show up for the meetings because they were smart.)
On FB I said that comparing the two was like comparing a fine wine to my dog’s vomit.
But that doesn’t quite comprehend all of the beauty of the J.A.O. Preus work, nor plum the depths of the badness of the joint statement. So, here are several other comparisons to help you fully grasp the difference between them:
It is like the difference between driving a Ferrari in the south of France, and driving a dogsled manned entirely by Chihuahua’s through the the Alaskan wilderness.
It is like the difference between reading Luther’s Small Catechism while sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner and reading The Communist Manifesto while in an Iron Maiden.
It is like the difference between having Morgan Freeman narrate your life story, and having it narrated by Gilbert Gottfried.
It is like the difference between soaking in a nice hot bath, and clinging to Rose’s door that she just can’t be bothered to share with you as you descend to the icy depths.
It is like the difference between a cool drink of water on a hot day, and a scalding cup of McDonald’s coffee burning your nether regions.
It is like the difference between a hot ooey-gooey chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven, and licking said oven.
It is like the difference between sending your 5 year old child to visit grandma for the night, and sending your 5 year old child to Paris Island.
It is like the difference between heading to the shooting range with your best friend, and being dragged to the target range by Kim Jong Un.
It is like the difference between a Bach Cantata performed by professional musicians on period instruments, and my cat fighting in the yard with another cat.
It isn’t a Top Ten list, but perhaps one more to make it an even ten…
It is like the difference between the Theology of Luther, Gerhard, Walther, Pieper, and Preus, and the “theology” of Schleiermacher, Seminex, and the ELCA.