I know that not all of you might be the Lutheran church nerd that I am. So, for the sake of this blog post, allow me to explain a little bit to you about Lutheranism.
Like most church denominations, when you say Lutheran, it's a pretty big umbrella and it covers a lot of people. There are a lot of flavors and variations of Lutheranism out there. When immigrants came over to the United States, they brought with them their own brand of Lutheran. So there were German Lutherans and Norwegian Lutherans and Finnish Lutherans and more. Over time, though, they have merged (and split. Lather, rinse, repeat) and so today we have several different branches of Lutheranism with the largest (and, I'd say most well known) three being the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Don't be deceived. The Missouri and Wisconsin Synod churches are just named after states in which the meetings about their formation have taken place (I think) but those particular Synods are not confined to those particular states. They rest on a continuum, with the ELCA at the end with a more liberal view of Scripture and the WELS on the other end with a more literal view of Scripture. LCMS is somewhere in the middle.
Anyway, we have two Lutheran churches here in town. One is the one I serve at, which is ELCA, and the other is of the Northern State persuasion. Both churches have two pastors and, coincidentally, the two pastors of this other church share a first name, much like El Capitan and I do.
So, after lunch I walked down to the local grocery store to grab a Mountain Dew, for an extra boost of energy in the afternoon, and as I was on my way out, my counterpart from the other Lutheran church came in. And I found it kind of funny to compare the two of us.
He was wearing a navy blazer with a dress shirt and tie. He had on khaki pants with brown leather shoes.
I, on the other hand, was wearing a pair of khaki cargo pants and a polo shirt, with a blue zip up hoodie (it's a little cool outside) and a pair of blue low top Converse shoes.
I'm not saying one is better than the other. I'm sure we have each dressed as the other one was. At least I know that I (on a couple of occasions) have worn a coat and tie. But I thought it was kind of fitting how, at that moment, our outfits may have compared to our theologies.