Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Aardvark Alley: Who You Calling Quia?

I came across this self-proclaimed "golden nugget" and found it very interesting.

As I will be taking my ordination vows in a matter of weeks, I proudly declare that I am quia! You hear that all you Evangelical/Fundamental/Baptomethocosticals? I'm here and I'm QUIA!! What are you gonna do about it?

Aardvark Alley: Who You Calling Quia?


Orycteropus Afer said...

Sic 'em, tiger!

Rachel said...

As with every human conviction born of a sinful human nature should there not be also an acknowledgement that while being "Quia" we are also "Humanus" and therefore only Scripture itself can be, available by grace to our sinful 'mirror darkly', considered fully truth divine?

Granted I would personally place a .001 margin of error for our dear confessions, and still do consider myself wholly confessional, as I am wholly human.

Oh, By the way, I am Rachel. Will look forward to seeing you on Sundays! Welcome to Michigan :)

Jim Roemke said...

Rachel from Good Shepherd, I presume? Thank you for the very insightful and well thought out comment.

Certainly there is that distinction. The Confessions are not on the same level as Scripture. However, I have found that people take that distinction and use it to get out of whatever article they find abrasive.

Because (quia) the Confessions are the most accurate humanly composed explication of the teachings of the Holy Scripures I subscribe to them and vow to uphold their teachings.

I consider myself quite blessed to have parishioners who are so well taught and knowledgable.

Rachel said...

I am flattered, and yes, this is Rachel from Good Shepherd. I am sure you met my parents, Patty and Scott. Mother was very impressed and passed on your blog to me.

The accountability of Lutheran Doctrine! Honestly I have been searching for several ways to describe why I am a confessional Lutheran, as I have several important people in my life with whom I am currently embroiled in great doctrinal debates (so addictive as they are,) and I am always called out to defend the stalwart and seemingly arrogant stances of confessional Lutheranism.

Like the great 'Common Sense' thinkers (Locke, Paine) I try and 'put before man the common sense of the matter.' Look at the Small Catechism, in which every tough issue is backed up, most often multiple times, but scripture. Even so, it is often a tough sell with sin, death, and the devil clouding the understanding of man.

But I am rambling....take after Mother that way :) Wonderful to meet you!

Jim Roemke said...

More times than not common sense avails little to people's sensibilites. What seems to make total sense to one is foolishness to another. That is where the Holy Spirit comes to do His work. Keep up your defense of the faith, but pray without ceasing the the Holy Spirit would go before you, with you and after you.

The best defense is meaningless with out His faith creating and sustaining work. As we confess in the Small Catechism, the third article of the Creed, "I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith."