Over the holiday, one of my favorite bloggers used some language that leads me to believe that she is also mormon. UGH. While I respect their beliefs, this kinda pisses me off... in a jealous kind of way.
They've got a few things figured out and I'm racking my brains trying to think of how I can catch my ELCA religion up (that's the cool Lutherans. in a nut shell: we (you too) are saved by God's grace and faith is a gift).
I did a little googling and I'm not the first nonLDS blogger to notice this phenomenon. Some of the reasons this is occuring is/may be because mormon women marry young, have husbands who hold down solid jobs, have their adorable kids while still young and energetic and need a creative outlet while staying home. Also, they are encouraged to focus on beauty, in a non-shallow way. So, having an Anthropologie catalog home, stylish clothes, and whipping up cool crafts is actually a manifestation of their religion. It seems that journaling is an important aspect of their daily life, so I guess I'm not the only one who views this as their personal journal. Finally, their church elders have ENCOURAGED them to be into social media... BRILLIANT!
There are a few Lutheran bloggers out there. Though I've only discovered ONE who I don't rub shoulders with in real life. I'm frustrated by this fact. To make matters worse, of the cool, hip mama Lutherans I know, many of them are attending nonLutheran churches. While on one level, I respect that and encourage people to connect with God in whatever way works for them. On another level, this ticks me off (I'm fiesty this morning). Being a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church is SO much more than attending my local church every week. Nope, we're conquering world hunger, sending in aid workers where they are needed, teaching tolerance and hope, taking care of our neighbors (though they rarely know where we worship), etc. It's not just one building, it's a network around the globe that is making a huge difference.
So, when people leave this network because another church has better musicians or a better youth program, I get it. I'd love more guitars in my church. I'd love a larger youth group. However, I believe in the mission of the ELCA church too much to ditch.
We need to buckle down and make these things happen. We need our church leaders to encourage social media. Not to evangelize... we suck at that... because we're so respectful of other's faiths. However, we need to be more visible. We need to support each other more so that we can be stay-at-home-moms-who-blog, instead of a network of young families too busy to take the time to enjoy each other. We need to RECOMMIT TO OUR CHURCHES and build them into the type of facility that attracts others. What we have is so awesome, but if we don't share and grow, we will wither and die.
I was raised in my church, it is my home, my family. However, if I was a newbie, what would entice me to stay? Sure, people smile at me and shake my hand, but would I stick around long enough to understand the beauty and simplicity (and complexity) of the Lutheran faith? Would I be excited about the money I give knowing how it will be used at home and abroad? How long would I have to attend until I understood the richness of the liturgy and didn't think everyone was being robotic and/or wierd? Though, I'm sure I would sample the fair trade chocolates and coffees we Lutherans are so addicted to (yup, most Lutheran churches have it for sale at cost).
*personal note to my mormon and non-Lutheran-church-attending-Lutheran friends: I hope hope hope I haven't upset you. I'd love to hear your point-of-view on all I've said. Above all, we each need to do what is best for us and for our families. I love you and value your friendships!