On a friend's blog, a comment was made that the LCMS was the worst synod in the world. Except for all others.
Which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of the Lutheran movement in America in 2008. Someone else commented that this wasn't just among Lutherans, but among all denominations.
Which again isn't high praise for a group that modestly claims to be walking together in pure doctrinal unity and practice.
The reality, of course, is that the LCMS is doing no such thing. Basically, one can believe and teach anything in the LCMS and there will likely be no repercussions. Imagining it otherwise doesn't change the reality on the ground.
The joke has been for a while that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is no longer Lutheran, not a church, and not a synod (that is, a group "walking together"). About all that's left is that the LCMS is a Missouri corporation.
Except that the joke is not funny. And sticking with the LCMS because we've been members for a while (however long that "while" is) is no longer acceptable.