Well, that was an interesting exercise on a Friday evening. I didn't expect old Walther to have read much of Thomas Jefferson but he almost sounded Jeffersonian when he started in on the rights of the people. I knew that he would expound on Scripture but the rights of citizens? I didn't expect that. I wasn't surprised that Walther's anti-abolitionism came through.
What are some of the conclusions for me? I believe, as a Lutheran and a modern American, that the Gospel does not abrogate the civil law. I believe, as a modern American and a Lutheran, that the law of love and justice demands that all people enjoy equal civil liberties and rights. I believe that Christ was not the kind of messiah who would free his people from earthly oppression. I believe that the Gospel does not have the purpose of doing away with earthly law.