Ordinary Time 2017
One of the joys of being an organist is exposure to a lot of different varieties of Christianity. One of the problems with being an organist is exposure to these different varieties.
Without fail, the sermons at these services were saturated with such racism, xenophobia, and general ignorance it was scarcely believable for me. Growing up on the east coast you hear stories of the religious right, and are aware of its existence, but you rarely actually encounter anybody who adheres to this philosophy and it seems like more of an abstract annoyance than a grim reality. I find it heart-wrenchingly depressing to be forced to listen to someone pervert and twist God's word to espouse messages of hate, intolerance, and frankly, abject stupidity. Given some of things these people said over the past few months, I really have to wonder what kind of education is going on in [Lutheran Church Missouri Synod] seminaries these days. These pastors had at best a questionable grasp of scripture, a very rudimentary understanding of Christianity, and absolutely know knowledge (or interest) in any kind of historical or biblical scholarship.
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