Posted on January 10th, 2013
If you haven’t yet seen the “Ordain a Lady” video, you should. It contains the typical argument that Baptism is the qualification for ordination.
“Hey, I was baptized”, and an interior, subjective call, are the qualifications, according to the video. Couldn’t happen in the LCMS, right?
Well, this post isn’t really about the video. I just thought of the video as I was picking out hymns for the coming celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord (January 13). I came across a hymn new to the LCMS via Lutheran Service Book, #600, Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering. At first glance it seems good. First stanza checks out, tune is somewhat familiar and sturdy. A pastor in a hurry might not do any additional examination. But then, look at the second half of stanza two: “So we, by water and the Spirit / Baptized into Christ’s ministry, / Are often led to paths of service / Through mazes of adversity.” What does it mean to be “baptized into Christ’s ministry”? I’d like to think it means, “In baptism one receives the benefits of Christ’s work,” but from the context it clearly means the “paths of service” that we follow. And right there, in the LCMS worship book, is the argument for women’s ordination.
Lutheran Service Book has many wonderful elements. But there are some definite land-mines to avoid. One can only hope these are not time-bombs shaping the minds of our current and future pastors.