From Louie's latest: "A Way Forward and A Huge Missed Opportunity"
The intended audience of the Joint Standing Committees report is the Anglican Consultative Council to whom they report. If their dense prose makes it possible for the Anglican Communion to move beyond the current debilitating sexuality debate, the Committee will have performed a major service to the world's second largest Christian body. News genuinely good may again be spoken.
But the Joint Standing Committee and the Episcopal House of Bishops missed a major opportunity. Over 100 journalists were registered at the meeting in New Orleans, and thousands more were following it from afar. There is not enough money in the advertising budgets of all 38 provinces in the Communion to buy the time of that the press gave freely to cover this occasion, and yet those two august groups spoke no clear and welcoming word to the world, whose attention they so rarely command.
How refreshing it would have been had the Committees reported: We conclude that God still is no respecter of persons, that God loves absolutely everybody. All are welcome in the Anglican Communion!
It remains the job of every Christian not only to proclaim that good news, but also to live it. In Christ there is no gay or straight, bond or free, male or female. In Christ we are all one. Our assignment is to love the world, not condemn it, even as God, for Christ's sake, loves us.