I just read an extremely sad post on Beliefnet's Baptist forum (which I read for the same reason that I occasionally check in with Rod Dreher's blog): The author has an autistic nephew who "can't accept Jesus as his personal Savior in any meaningful way," and is worried about the state of the child's salvation.
It was with a particular sense of responsibility and urgency that I decided to completely ignore the forum protocol restricting posts to other coreligionists and proclaim the Gospel -- that it's not about what we do or think or feel, but what God, in Christ, has done and does and will do for us, out of love. I encouraged the poster to replace an image of God as an angry, perpetually dissatisfied God just waiting to damn people with a God of redeeming, reconciling love and compassion, in whose embrace this child already lives.
This is Exhibit A of what Lutheran Christians can bring to the table of American Christianity, if they only speak up -- a strong proclamation of God's grace and liberation. Just the other day I encountered an online other who tried to argue with me that the "Gospel" message was "Repent or perish." Ach, mein Gott.
As Kelly Fryer says...the world needs what we have.