You know those three unarmed Americans who took out the armed-to-the-teeth terrorist on that French train? One of them was a Missouri Synod Lutheran. What difference does that make? Not much on one level.
But surely when you heard about this, if you are from the USA, you felt a surge of connectedness that these guys were fellow Americans. When a fellow Christian does something, the tie is even stronger, because of what the Apostle’s Creed calls “the Communion of the Saints.” According to 1 Corinthians 12, we are all different organs of the same body, so that what happens to one member happens to all of us. So, for me, a part of the body that writes and blogs in safety, I rejoiced at the part that had the courage to tackle a terrorist with an AK-47 who was shooting a pistol, saving who knows how many lives. And that he shares my confession and that we commune with each other makes for a particularly close kind of unity.
So my fellow Lutherans who read this blog, as well as my fellow Christians and my fellow Americans, can all claim a connection to what happened on that train, though the heroism of those young men is all their own.
Details about Army National Guardsman Aleksander Skarlatos of St. Paul Lutheran, Roseburg, Oregon, after the jump. [Read more…]