In Canada I was talking with a pastor who was expressing worries about his daughter, who was getting into the whole “Goth” scene. Another pastor said that he shouldn’t worry, that there are lots of affinities between young Goths and elderly Lutherans. They both, for example, dye their hair. They both like loud music (Goths for the stimulation; elderly Lutherans because they are hard of hearing). They both think a lot about death. They both like crucifixes. They are both obsessed with blood (in the case of the Lutherans, the blood of our Lord–shed on the Cross and given to us in Holy Communion, which we drink not in the vampire sense the Goths fantasize about but for the remission of our sins).
Of Goths and Lutherans
About Gene Veith
Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.