Blessings and Curses

Martin Luther did many great things. Like normal people he did some dumb things as well. Have a read of some of his words.

In his Treatise “On the Jews and their lies” Section XI of the treatise he advises Christians to carry out seven remedial actions. These are

  1. for Jewish synagogues and schoolsl to be burned to the ground, and the remnants buried out of sight;
  2. for houses owned by Jews to be likewise razed, and the owners made to live in agricultural outbuildings;
  3. for their religious writings to be taken away;
  4. for rabbis to be forbidden to preach, and to be executed if they do;
  5. for safe conduct on the roads to be abolished for Jews;
  6. for usury to be prohibited, and for all silver and gold to be removed and “put aside for safekeeping”; and
  7. for the Jewish population to be put to work as agricultural slave labor.

Pretty scary when you consider what ended up happening to the Jews some time later. Did Luther contribute towards the holocaust….absolutely.

It is human nature to scapegoat. In every society someone is “out”, they are blamed for what is wrong with the country and fear is instilled in the people who are “in”. Our economy will suffer, our nation will crumble, our children are in danger. Today I see two groups of people who are being scapegoated – our refugees and gay people. To maintain the strength/unity of the “in” group fear must be maintained.

Fear must be maintained.

Early on in my investigations into LGBT issues someone emailed me a link to a site by “Bill Muehlenberg”. I was frightened. It talked about pedophilia and the gay agenda. It talked about beastiality and polyamory. I didn’t know what polyamory was but if it involved parrots I was frightened!  I will give Bill the benefit of the doubt, he is a committed Christian, but like Luther, both blessing and curses flow from his lips. In short, we need to recognize fear mongering for what it is. It helps no-one.

I have had a few Lutheran people forward me links to this man’s work, I suspect his influence has formed some of our churches opinions. For this reason I will write a few posts about his work. Stay tuned.

PS : Have a close listen to the wording of all the links you receive on facebook about our boat people. Perhaps you receive stuff from the “Christian Lobby” about how gay marriage will destroy families. Listen with critical ears, don’t buy into the fear.

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6 Responses to “Blessings and Curses”
  1. lcamyopinion says:

    In one of his recent letters to the Church, LCA President Mike Semmler mentioned that he had presented a paper on Pastoral Care for homosexuals at a gathering of Church leader in Canada. The paper had 2 references. One of them was Bill Muehlenberg’s book. I haven’t looked into him at all but obviously he seems to have some influence in the theology of the LCA. I will be interested in read what you uncover.

  2. Thanks Tap. It would be great if you included a link to information that you share. The horrific Martin Luther quotes need to be shared widely, in order that we Lutherans maintain some humility when insisting that we have the full revelation on translating Scripture.

    • aussietap says:

      Probably a good idea, however – don’t know how to add a link. I’m sure its easy but I’m not real computer savy.
      I think it is actually freedom to allow yourself to believe that Martin Luther wasn’t right with everything – in my post where I talked about hearing God I was going to mention this because I think God has a lot to say but we think we have it all already so we don’t listen when he does say something.

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