Monday after Pentecost 10
August 10, 2009
The Lord be with you
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) will be holding its Synodical Convention July 10-17, 2010 in Houston, TX. A BIG topic at this convention will be the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG). Emotions concerning these recommendations will run high. Some will see them in near Messianic tones while others will see them in near demonic tones. If you are one of the representatives, I pray that the Spirit, through the Means of Grace, will guide your considerations. However it is not about the recommendations of the BRTFSSG that I wish to draw your attention.
At the 2009 convention of the Southeastern District (SED) of the LC-MS a resolution was passed titled “Resolution on Human Trafficking/Slavery.” Part of this resolution was to send a resolution on Human Trafficking/Slavery to the Synodical Convention. I pray that this resolution does not get overlooked because of all the smoke in the air from the proposals of the BRTFSSG.
The heart of the resolution is to commit all our churches to regularly pray for the end of this sinful practice of trading in human life (Revelation 18:13; 1 Timothy 1:8-11); a business that is bigger now then ever in the history of the world! Christians have historically been on the forefront of this issue, and we should not let up now.
Please, if you are a member of the LCMS, ask the Lay and Pastoral Delegates from your circuit to vote for this Resolution.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert