The term above, “conventional wisdom”, refers to things that are generally acknowledged or taken for granted to be the truth. This includes things like the force of gravity is directed downward, toward the geological center of the earth, and, that apples grow on trees. Now the conventional wisdom is not always the truth. For example most people think that when you flush the commode in the southern hemisphere it will swirl down the drain in the opposite direction as here in the northern hemisphere. That is absolutely untrue. The circulation of water down a small drain is far too small to be controlled by the rotation of the earth…the Coriolis Effect. The truth is that the direction of the circulation is totally random, or controlled by the engineering of the porcelain fixture.
Now that the fun facts have been taken care of, the conventional wisdom that I am writing about this month is a plea for wisdom to rule the conventions that will be taking place this month. You may be aware that the National convention of the Republican Party convenes on July 18th, while the Democrats get things underway a week later on the 25th. They both could certainly benefit from our prayers. But did you know…that the National Convention of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod will happen before either one of those, being in session from the 9th to the 14th of July in Milwaukee, WI (I would suggest that delegates who arrive early take in Summerfest which wraps up on the 10th, but that’s for a different article). While the political conventions this summer will be taking place under the threat of demonstrations and violence, both inside and outside the arenas, I earnestly pray that our Synodical Convention is a time of peace and harmony.
You’ll recall the Old Testament account of Solomon, shortly after being crowned King of Israel following the death of his father David, saw the Lord in a vision. God offered to give him whatever he asked. Solomon responded with; “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?" (1 Kings 3:9) His response so pleased the Lord God that it was not only granted, but also great riches, fame and honor were given him by God.
As the LCMS convention approaches my prayer for those taking part, the delegates, is the same as Solomon’s. “Give them understanding hearts so that they can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?" I also pray that all of our officers and delegates will do the same and that it will so please the Lord that it will be granted along with many more blessings upon our churches and church body. I ask you also to pray for God’s wisdom to rule this year’s proceedings so that His will be done. There are a number of issues that could become contentious, but with the love and wisdom of the Lord ruling over all things, His truth will no doubt prevail. One of those issues is the use of Licensed Lay Deacons, which is very important to many of the churches in our Northwest District, and other districts as well.
In closing, I have to wonder, how many of us will at some point today be continually flushing our potties to see if the conventional wisdom holds true or not. Perhaps its best that we practice a little water conservation.