First: we’re going to have a new featured image for these posts, this’n right here…
Second, let’s look at some Bible verses:
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. (Psalm 51:7-8)
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us? My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. (Song of Songs 5:9-11)
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
[T]he punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her. Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire: their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. (Lamentations 4:6-8)
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10)
Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed. (Daniel 11:34-35)
And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:9-10)
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. (Matthew 17:1-3)
And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. (Mark 9:2-4)
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. (Matthew 28:2-4)
[I]n the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. (Revelation 1:13-15)
I could include more, but I think that’s an adequate sampling.
Third, here’s the chief hymn for this week, “Lord to Thee I Make Confession,” the TLH and LSB versions side by side:
I guess it might be a highly triggering experience for persons of color (like myself) to take a line from the Word of God upon their lips and sing “Wash me, make me white as snow.” Thankfully the LSB has smoothed things out for us. Thank you, LCMS synod-o-crats, for saving us from the Bible! That was a close one!
Tell me, did you feel awkward reading all of those verse from Scripture listed above? You did? Perhaps you even felt ashamed? If so, you need to stop watching T.V., sunshine. I am here today to tell you that, according to the Bible, it is OK to be white.
Actually, it’s more than OK. In some sense—namely, the sense which the Bible frequently employs, which is reflected in the TLH translation of v. 4 of this week’s hymn—whiteness represents purity from sin, righteousness, God’s glory, etc. That all seems to be quite a bit more than just “OK”, doesn’t it? In this sense, we should all want to be white, right?
Yeah, well, that has nothing to do with being white as a race.
Who said it did? Incidentally, though, it’s also OK to be racially white.
Yeah, well, “make me white as snow” is confusing and could offend black female midgets, and in today’s LCMS we need to be more sensitive and intersectional. People need to know that we, like, stand against oppression in all of its forms.
Huh. Is that right? Well, the LSB is certainly very sensitive to those who feel “offended” and “excluded” by male pronouns and references to men. So this move makes sense. We already borrow crappy hymns from LWF; maybe eventually we’ll borrow their liturgy, too. “For us men and for our salvation”? “And was made man“? No way! How about “for us and for our salvation…was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human”? (I guess “and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary” excludes the role of the eternal feminine—represented by Mary—in god-creation. Knowing these loons, I’ll bet they think the original is tantamount to rape. And, wow—optional Filioque, too? “Well actually…”— yes, spare us, we know that you are gay heretic hipsters who know all the factoids.)
If the ELCA is reading this, I have a suggestion for how you all can continue to improve the liturgy: fix the Preface! When will the disenfranchised underclass of angels rise up against the privileged archangels and SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER?!!?
All joking aside, it’s a little unsettling to see the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod falling over itself in attempts to signal leftwards on current-year concerns about race, class, and gender. Just sayin’. Speaking of “just sayin” things, here’s something else that I will “just say”: I actually don’t “stand against oppression in all of its forms,” because I don’t believe that what is included under that heading (“oppression”) by liberals is any such thing. When I read things like this…
…I cheer. I literally cheer.
Man, I cheer, but all of this is getting me down. What a struggle the Church is engaged in! So many forces arrayed against Christ and his Christians, and against the God-ordained magistrates enforcing the law for the good of the the Patria! Let us pray:
Lord, keep us in Thy Word and work,
Restrain the murderous Pope and Turk,
Who fain would tear from off Thy throne
Christ Jesus, Thy beloved Son.
Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Shield Thy poor Christendom, that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.
Thou Comforter of priceless worth,
Give one mind to Thy flock on earth,
Stand by us in our final strife,
And lead us out of death to life.
Destroy their counsels, Lord our God,
And smite them with an iron rod,
And let them fall into the snare
Which for Thy Christians they prepare.
So that at last they may perceive
That, Lord our God, Thou still dost live,
And dost deliver mightily
All those who put their trust in Thee.
Amen. Yes, yes—it shall be so.
Pastor Krusemark said to “save some stones for TLH.” Well, here I will lob one: the leaven of liberalism (by which I mean to include your vile LOLbertarianism, just so I’m not misunderstood) had already begun to trickle through the cracks around the door here and there by the time TLH was published in 1941. By the time LSB was published in 2006, though, we had decided it was much better just to fling the door wide open. After all, if you can’t beat em’, join em’! That was the approach of our Lutheran fathers when it came to the enemies of Church and State, right?
Probably not. Their sons fought and died in wars that actually mattered, and they had more than just an heir and a spare because they didn’t contracept their children out of existence in order to afford the SWPL-set lifestyle. They also didn’t deface Bibles with crayons, put dogs in their seminary chapels, or write smarmy, virtue-signalling thinkpieces in which they giddily rhapsodized about the prospect of Europeans dying out in US and the LCMS—yeah, let’s get some immigrants to get the job done.
I’d better stop. Back to the gist of this post:
If you think “wash me, make me white as snow” is an offensive line, you are an idiot. Just…objectively, you are an idiot who is incapable of understanding the language of the Bible, and you have no appreciation for beauty, poetry, nuance, literary representation, or wisdom. Chances are good that you are also “uncomfortable” with sound doctrine. Basically, you could be on a hymnal committee. Get help.
Here’s the TLH version of the hymn that this post was supposedly about. Sing it with gusto.