Embarrassing is only the beginning
The church in the west is facing its first large-scale persecution since the time of Cyprian. We need serious leadership in these latter days. Men who hear the Word of God and keep it. Men who are able to exhort, rebuke and encourage.
The men in this photo seem to think church is some sort of game:
It would be sad enough if they were merely shepherds and bishops in the church. But they are actually training the shepherds and bishops. This is more than just embarrassing. This is shameful. What on earth are the poor and dying to think of the church? Are those who have had their livelihoods ruined by the powers and authorities of this dark realm to find comfort in such twaddle? Why would someone facing the loss of reputation at the hands of the politically correct left, merely for speaking obvious truths, think that the LCMS had anything to offer them?
Is this how we behave in the house of the Lord God Almighty? Nadab and Abihu were consumed by fire for less than this.
Shame on the men in this photo. Shame on every one of them.