In his recent blog article, a Missouri Synod pastor, the Rev. Michael Schuermann writes:
[Thrivent has recently] ruled any organization that is in some way connected to abortion (both pro-abortion and pro-life) ineligible to receive any Thrivent money. To see the effect of this, let’s consider the year 2011, which is the most recent year where all of Thrivent’s financial records are public:
◾Thrivent has defunded pro-abortion organizations (who are doing decidedly non-Christian work) to the tune of $1,373. This is good.
◾Thrivent has defunded pro-life organizations, who have been doing the mercy work that is indisputably good and expected of every Christian, to the tune of $878,569.For Lutherans of the LC-MS to say and do nothing about the fraternal organization that funds so many of our projects when they also fund something that is clearly contrary to the Christian life and an abomination unto the Lord, is simply not an option.
However, as the Word of the Lord tells us, there is a cost to faithfulness.
Here is a good, real life illustration of that. The question for us, however, goes far beyond Thrivent. Are we willing to become "poorer" for following our Lord by actually living the confession of our faith to which we have subscribed?
Or, like the rich young ruler of Luke 18:18-30, have we reached the point where we sadly keep going our own way because we simply have too much to lose?