Thursday, June 10, 2010

Franklin Fry Was the Original FF - And I Liked His Approach

Franklin Fry was a leader of the Lutheran Church in America, the National Council of Churches, Lutheran World Relief,= the Lutheran World Federation, and the World Council of Churches. He was called Mr. Protestant and on the cover of Time.

How many bloggers will be on the cover of Time magazine? Not many, I assume.

Originally, FF meant Frank Fry. He was a uniter. That was accomplished by compromise. He was the force behind the Lutheran Church in America merger: Finns, Swedes, Germans, and the rest. He could not shoehorn the Norwegians in, but you know how they are. They needed their own denomination for 20 years to get over themselves.

We need more leaders who can ignore differences. Instead, we have ones who want the title of Mr. Lutheran of Franklin County.

No matter what position people may have, there is some way to ignore the little issues and unite for the grand scheme.

Bigness is better.

Some day we can have all the Protestants united together, but only if a lot of people stop scrapping so much.

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