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June 2, 2009

LCMS Statement on Abortion Doctor Murder

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

(This entry is a re-posting from my personal blog,

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod released a statement yesterday concerning the Sunday shooting of an abortion doctor in Wichita, Kansas. Nothing overarching in the statement attributed to our Synodical President, Rev. Jerry Kieshnick.

However, two things got to me — first, the press release “quotes” Kieshnick as using the phrase “Lutheran Christians.”


I just can’t stand that. Being a “Lutheran” means that you’re a Christian. To use “Lutheran” as a modifier for Christian is kind of dopey, in my book. I mean, when is the last time you read “Roman Catholic Christian” or “Presbyterian Christian?” People can figure out that being a Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, or even Lutheran means that one is a Christian. My suggestion is that they just drop the little modifier game. Play it straight.

Second, there is no mention of Jesus Christ anywhere in that press release. Again, some will think I am nitpicking, but let’s be honest — isn’t a press statement a good place to mention our Savior’s name, especially in a release about a senseless murder? We can’t miss these opportunities to proclaim the forgiveness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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