With one exception, I am routinely impressed by the reluctance of one political party to undo what the other political party did when it had control. If Democrats really hated what former President Bush did, why didn’t they just undo everything when they came
to power; and the same vice-versa, if Republicans hated what former President Clinton
did so much, then why not undo it all?
Sound complicated? It probably is, but when you have a majority in the Congress and a favorable President in the White House, it suddenly becomes a whole lot easier.
Of course, the reason it is not done is because while politicians may campaign on undoing what has already been done, when they actually are elected and take office, they find that there are other things that need to be done; or that while they may want to reverse an earlier decision, not everyone else feels the same way.
The exception of course is the Affordable Health Care Act, and truthfully, we will just have to wait and see what happens there.
I mention all of this because as the 35 districts of the LCMS prepare for their conventions, there are going to be at least a few efforts to set in motion the process of undoing what the 2010 Synod convention did in terms of the massive restructuring of Synod.
Like the Health Care Act, much of the restructuring was passed on border line votes, and many of the ramifications of it have still not yet been felt by people on the ground. Some will tell you that the 2013 convention is the only chance the Church has to undo what has already been done; much the same way the 2012 elections are being sold as the only chance to undo the Health Care Act.
Now I count myself among those who would like to undo what has been done in regards to the Synod. I would like to see the election of Synod President and the Synod Treasurer returned to the Synod in convention; and I would like to see a much bolder step taken on realigning districts that what was done. Of course others would like to make changes far different than what I would like to see.
And therein lies the issue going into the 2012 District conventions and the 2013 Synod convention. Everyone wants to change something, but not everyone wants to change the same thing; not to mention what the President and Vice-Presidents of Synod have in mind.
So what will happen? Hard to say. Sure, there will be some changes; but will they be cosmetic, or will they be whole-sale? One thing that can be said with absolute certainty, just as Health Care will never go back to the way it was before the Affordable Health Care Act passed, so to will Synod never go back to the way it was before the 2010 convention. That is the problem with doing something on such a large scale: once it has been done,
you can never really undo it, again with one exception.
Regardless of what happens at the conventions, the victory Christ has won on the cross over sin, death and the power of the devil can never be undone. It has been done and it
stands complete for all eternity. No convention, no President, not even the devil himself can come in and change it. Christ’s victory on the cross is permanent.
So bring on the efforts to change what has already been done; the one thing that really matters, can never be undone.