A couple of questions arise immediately for me on this one: what happened to being "People of the Resurrection" ... and if the schism has already happened, does that mean we can get back to the Gospel?
'Prepare for Crucifixion,' Bishop Duncan Tells Fort Worth Clergy
Citing the example of Peter, the disciple who returned to Rome to face certain death, the moderator of the Anglican Communion Network told a May 31 gathering of clergy of the Diocese of Fort Worth to prepare for a "crucifixion," but assured them that in the long run "God will reform his Church."
Read it all at The Living Church online
God will indeed reform His church, because one of these days the destructiveness of the current trend will become spectacularly evident. I think it will be like the surgeon general's report on smoking. Until then, people (including myself) thought that it was okay to smoke (which is what I did heavily) because we all knew people who seemed to do it right into old age (including my great grandfather). But that report resulted gradually in the consensus we have today on that subject. The gay men's health crisis is less an organization than it is a continuing condition, but unless they start writhing at our feet, then it will take an authoritative and well-publicized report to make the matter plain and for a new consensus to build. Then Episcopalians will wish they had heeded the writer from 2000 years ago who said that those who do that kind of thing will pay the penalty "in their own bodies." (Romans 1)
In order to get to the Resurrection, we must go through Good Friday and the Cross of Jesus. This is a season of Good Friday, at least it is for me.
Of course there's a reason for Good Friday ... and there's an even better reason not to get stuck there.
Sounds like the same old right wing rhetorical tactics. Keep people fearful and in a state of tension and high drama and they will be more likely to do what the manipulator wants.
Remember when the blogs correlated upgrades in terror threat levels to dips in Bush's popularity polls? It's the same kind of manipulation.
And this time it's being done in the name of Christ.
Let's affirm what we did in 2003, elect a good PB, and see how we can more effectively do what the Gospels ask of us.
It is the Atonement itself that will not allow us to get stuck on Good Friday. "He took our infirmities." We are all threatened by infirmities, but we can all rise into newness of life. Let's never be deluded into thinking that any infirmity, including acting out homosexually, is permanent, even if we come by it naturally.
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