April 9, 2008

KFUO and LCMS: a faltering pro-life stance?

Having fired two pro-life servants at KFUO and canceled Issues, Etc., known for its strong pro-life programs, it has now been revealed that the program director for KFUO-FM, Jim Connett, is a board member for an organization that promotes embryonic stem-cell research, which destroys human lives in the name of science. Pastor Randy Asburry has the details here.

7 comments:

Richard Townes said...

It is disturbing that this gentleman does not realize that the research he supports is killing human beings. It is also disturbing that he is employed by our synod. However, I can't really see how this fits into the "Issue's Etc." debate.

Connecting this problem with the firing of Pr. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz seems to be unfounded. Do we have conclusive evidence that the reason these gentlemen were fired is due to their pro-life views? Do we have any evidence that KFUO or the LCMS is weakening their pro-life stance? It seems like speculation to me, but I am not nearly as informed as I ought to be. If I am out to lunch on this please correct me.

Christopher Esget said...

I think you raise some good points, Richard, and I would not say there is a conscious decision to become less pro-life. No conspiracy theories on this, no tin-foil hats. Nevertheless, here's the way I see this connecting:

1) Wilken/Issues is strongly pro-life, reflecting Synod's stated position;
2) Wilken/Issues is determined to be too strident/not in step with the vision our Dear Leaders have for the Synod;
3) Wilken/Schwarz are fired; Issues is cancelled
4) Meanwhile, a man at the same station who clearly doesn't hold to the morally-acceptable view remains
5) Synod's public stance is weakened, not through a resolution, but through the silence of our best and strongest voice in this arena.

That, to me, is a pretty big problem.

Richard Townes said...

Pastor,

Your point is true, and I see how Pr. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz fit into this equation. However, I humbly submit that this is a weak argument in the Wilken/Schwarz debate. This important topic deals with the negative effect that firing Pr. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz has on the synod's pro-life stance. The point in the Wilken/Schwarz debate is that the men should never have been fired in the first place.

If it turns out that they were fired for their stance on pro-life issues, than this becomes extremely important. The evidence doesn't seem to point that direction though.

I believe that this problem needs to be dealt with separately from the Wilken/Schwarz problem. The question in my mind is which hill do we take first?

Of course I value your opinion greatly, and I am always open to criticism.

P.S. Your sermons throughout Easter have been of great benefit to me. Thank you!

Christopher Esget said...

I don't think Pr. Asburry (whose blog brought this to my attention) would argue--nor do I--that the intent of the firing was to weaken our stance on pro-life issues. What I am saying--and I think Pr. Asburry would agree--is that the effect of the firing (which was done for other reasons) did in fact weaken our stance.

To me, it's one part of a much larger problem. The Issues, Etc. saga is merely a symptom of the real problem: the Synodical Leadership is making choices that have the effect of watering down our doctrine and practice, while supporting the very men who should be shown the door.

This quite apart from the injustice and tyrannical character of it all.

Richard Townes said...

"To me, it's one part of a much larger problem. The Issues, Etc. saga is merely a symptom of the real problem: the Synodical Leadership is making choices that have the effect of watering down our doctrine and practice, while supporting the very men who should be shown the door."

That's it! My view is too narrow. Thank you for widening it.

Christopher Esget said...

I'm glad you are finally moving beyond your narrow-mindedness. :) You'll go far!

Richard Townes said...

Thank you pastor. You are a true blessing to me.