Re: “Openly gay pastor shows irreverence,” (TNT letter, 10-25).
The letter writer argued that Pacific Lutheran University should remove the “L” from its abbreviation because its pastor said campus ministry was a place “to have questions, to cry, and be angry at God, all that kind of stuff.” This was deemed irreverent and unchristian.
PLU’s Lutheran tradition offers a different perspective from its founder, Martin Luther. Perhaps the writer opposes questions or anger with God. Luther wrote that his personal doubt, and anger at God, brought him to see the gift of God’s grace. His theology of the cross states that it is precisely in the darkest moments of life – in anger, despair and struggle – that God is most present.
Or perhaps the writer took issue with the pastor’s casual language. Luther pioneered using everyday language in religious contexts. In the 1500s, he offended many by translating the Bible from the “holy” language of Latin to German peasant language. He also took tunes from beer halls and gave them new religious lyrics.
PLU can affirm both the “L” in its name and Pastor Jen Rude. The Lutheran tradition welcomes everyday people who experience struggles, anger, doubts, convictions and joys. Come as you are.