Dear Board of Directors for the LCMS,
I am supremely disappointed to read and hear that the LCMS, under direct orders from President Kieshnick, is wasting precious monetary resources in order to pursue a legal resolution to a trademark dispute over a trademark that it abandoned in 1999 for a radio program that it canceled in March of 2008.
If my memory serves me correctly, President Kieschnick just a few short years ago rightly invoked 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 against those who brought suit against the LCMS. He has now become a hypocrite by threatening legal action against two men whose passion is proclaiming Christ Crucified for our sins and inviting the best LCMS theologians in the world to come on to their radio program and promote and defend Lutheran doctrine.
This threatened lawsuit is not only a breach of what scripture commands, it is a supreme waste of LCMS funds and complete insanity!
This threatened legal action that hinges on Todd and Jeff surrendering their 1st Amendment rights to freedom of speech doesn't make a bit of sense and makes LCMS, Inc. look like a political big brother that exists to harass and silence it's political enemies. Let me remind you that the congregations and ministries in our synod do not exist to serve the LCMS Corporate Headquarters. Instead, LCMS Corporate Headquarters exists to serve the congregations and ministries in our synod. This threatened legal battle over the Issues, Etc. trademark does not serve the congregations or ministries in the LCMS rather it robs them of monetary resources through wasteful and politically motivated misspending. Furthermore, these actions do not serve to unite the LCMS but instead are only further dividing the LCMS.
Lets face facts, Issues, Etc. is no longer a concern of LCMS, Inc. because the LCMS cancelled the radio program and fired Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz. To put it more bluntly, what Pastor Todd Wilken says and does on his radio program is none of your business and not within your jurisdiction. If President Kieschnick wanted a say in what Wilken and Schwarz said on their program then he should not have cancelled Issues, Etc..
I am calling on you to speak up and act swiftly to put an end to this threatened legal action and reign in President Kieschnick. The battle in the LCMS over Issues, Etc. has been stretched out far too long. It is time for LCMS, Inc. to let it go and stop harassing Pastor Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz so that these men can focus on the task at hand of producing top quality Christ-Centered and Cross Focused talk radio.
Member in good standing of Faith Lutheran Church, Capistrano Beach, California
Rev. Victor Belton: Victor.Belton@lcms.org
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I've also sent a modified version of this letter to President Kieschnick. The front door for his email address can be found at http://www.lcms.org/cntc/contactus.asp?unitabrv=7