original thinking needed

I am not in favor of Obama’s plan to nationalize health care.  I am not in favor of this for many reasons, which I am not going to go into here, but rest assured that my denounement of nationalized health care is NOT that I don’t want people who need health care to not be able to get health care.

I am also extremely frustrated at how a government takeover of health care is the only option being presented as viable.  C’mon, elected representatives, can’t you come up with other options?  And why do we assume that the government taking it over is going to be an improvement?  There MUST be other options, options that would keep government bureaucracy out and put needed health care in.  I don’t know what those options might be, but people who are “in the know” should be able to come up with some potential, workable solutions.  At least, they should in my opinion.

People, we need ORIGINAL THINKING.  We need to not burden ourselves by adopting a system that we’ll never be able to undo.  The decision to nationalize health care would be a permanent one.  There would be no going back.

Is this really what we want?


Similarly, why can’t the WELS come up with any other option to balance the budget except for the two horrible options of cutting world missionaries or closing Michigan Lutheran Seminary?  C’mon people, can’t you come up with more options than that?  Both of those options are awful!

JJ put the live feed from the Synod Convention floor on his computer tonight, and we were listening as I made supper (creamy chicken & rice, for those of you who like those kinds of details).  One delegate brought up the idea of selling the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary campus rather than Michigan Lutheran Sem.  While I don’t think that’s a particularly good idea, I do think that the Mequon Sem is on 80 beautiful acres, much of it wooded and unused.  Why don’t they sell off a few lots on one end, especially the end that’s already next to some housing developments?  That land would certainly bring in a lot more money than MLS would.

Now, I’m not saying this is the greatest idea ever (JJ absolutely thinks it is NOT a good idea!), but I do think that if this idea were legitimately considered by the people who make the decisions, that consideration might lead to other, better, out-of-the-box ideas.  That’s how good ideas come — they come from not-so-good ideas tossed around and discussed until new ideas emerge.  And we most certainly need some new ideas, rather than every two years, giving the standard answer of “Close MLS.”   C’mon!  Can’t anyone come up with a better idea???

People, we need ORIGINAL THINKING.  We need to not shoot ourselves in the foot by getting rid of an institution that we will (most likely) never be able to get back.  (Not that we would be able to sell the MLS campus in this economy anyway).  The decision to downsize to one prep school would be a permanent one, and furthermore, it would dramatically affect future called workers in our synod.  There would be no going back.

Is this really what we want?

(Not to mention the horrible ramifications of the other option, cutting world missionaries.  These missionaries are doing the work of the church in the most grass-roots way possible.  They are having tremendous success!  But “while the souls of men are dying,” here we sit with all our stuff: our cellphones, cable, $3 lattes, new clothes, nice vacations, complete collections of [fill in the blank], etc.  We have so much stuff, but in the end, we ignore the most important thing we can do as Christians.  Think how much good all that money could do if it were used for world mission work.

I know, I know, I’m preaching to the choir here.  But it’s just so maddening.  I’m praying hard that the delegates at convention this week can come up with a better solution.  One of the last delegates to speak tonight asked people to stand up if they were opposed to both options, and apparently over half of the assembly stood up.  So, with so many people opposed to both closing MLS and opposed to closing world missions, hopefully some original thinking has been spurred on in Saginaw tonight.)


By the way, if you want to watch President Schroeder’s opening address, check out this blog post.  The blog’s author writes:

How refreshing to hear Pres. Schroeder stress the importance of the theology of the cross as opposed to the theology of the glory in the life of the church, of realizing and being who we are–confessional Lutherans–as individuals, as congregations, and as a synod, and of not forgetting the lessons learned from the history not only of our synod, but of the Christian church over the centuries.