More from Wilken…
In a recent post titled The Wilken Worship Riddle, I hoped to explore why some Lutherans have abandoned the Lutheran theology of worship. Many of the answers were great.
But some of the responses demonstrated something else: If you're going to enter the Lutheran worship debate you'd better learn to recognize a Red Herring.
Red Herring: A subject introduced to distract from the main issue.
In the Lutheran worship debate there are many Red Herrings. Here are a few of the most common:
The danger of a Red Herring in debate is that it is so very tempting. It presents itself as an argument that simply must be engaged. But remember, it's a distraction… sometimes deliberate, sometimes not.
Now, music, hymns, and liturgy are perfectly good subjects —for another conversation. None of them are central to the Lutheran worship debate.
The Lutheran worship debate isn't about music, hymns, and liturgy. The Lutheran worship debate is about Theology.
So, the next time you smell a Red Herring in the Lutheran worship debate, just let it pass; stick to the Theological question: What is worship according to Scripture and the Confessions? That is where the real debate is. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And, don't let anyone distract you.