John McCain has "confessed" that he and his family are members of and steady attenders of a Baptist Church in Arizona.
Have been for years.
Yet, he talks in terms of being Episcopalian. That has confused some people.
I get it.
I was born a Lutheran. I even attend a Lutheran Church that I care about and do ministry in our area.
In that way like McCain is Episcopalian I'm Lutheran. But, I attend and am a member (whatever that means, Jesus didn't have many membership cards he made people sign) of a Pentecostal group. I have been for years. In fact, I have been a pentecostal longer than I was ever a Lutheran. Yet in my heart I can still do the creeds and all the liturgy without a book. I know many of the old hymns by number and name. I can quote much of the Small Catechism. That didn't make me Christian, just a church attender who learns well.
Like McCain I honor my roots. I don't reject them, I hope to help the Church of my Youth. There is a higher call and McCain answered it for his family. The Episcopal church didn't make that call. The Baptists did.
Yesterday in Church a woman in her late 30's came to a few of us pastors and said, "I'm tired of living below my spiritual potential. I want EVERYTHING God has for me". We prayed, imparted, laid on hands, spoke over her and believed God for her. A breakthrough took place. That's the sound of the Higher Call.
I am hoping the Episcopal and Lutheran Church will both get their voices back to be able to make that call. I'll do all I can to help them find it again.
Otherwise people like John McCain and me will love the church of our youth but be forced to leave for a higher call in another place when both of our preferences would have been to hear that call in the Church of our youths. Neither of us did and so we found what we were looking for elsewhere.