Saturday, May 9, 2009

Time To Do The Christian Thing

Here is what has been posted at The Lead about the RCDC version of the Covenant:

An attempt led by The Episcopal Church to strip Section 4 from the covenant was defeated by a wide margin after Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and numerous others spoke against it.

Why we continue to play is beyond me. It is time to do what is right. What would Christ do? Might scribble something in the sand. Might ask for unconditional love. Might even ask us to "feed his lambs". Would He ask us to one more time and for one more day exclude any of our brothers and sisters? If we are not careful we will be spit out as being "lukewarm". So, lets get on with what we know is right and what we know we must do. It is time to include everyone in everything we do. What do I mean by that? I simply and plainly mean everyone. That means let's get to the floor of convention the Episcopalian Bill of Rights and let's get it passed. We need to get on with God's work in the world. We have spent too much time dallying with who is in and who is out of our Anglican Communion. Does everyone remember that over 24,000 children die each day from starvation? Does everyone remember that California has a 10+% unemployment rate and the US has an 8.9% unemployment rate? Anyone see Slumdog Millionaire? Are we ready to tackle the slums of Mumbai and Rio and Lagos? We cannot free everyone until everyone is free. We must get on with the work of the Lord.

I cannot and do not want to make cogent arguments in favor of the Episcopal Bill of Rights. There are none that can be made. It is plainly and simply a priori the Christian thing to do.

We are the Episcopal Church. We are the most generous, most inclusive most loving and caring group of Christians in the world, ALMOST. Let's make it a reality and let's do it now!

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...


You've come to the same conclusion I came to some time ago. I kept trying to engage the conservatives I knew in conversation about the issues. One friend of mine kept forwarding Virtue's column to me as his side of the conversation. One day, after a particularly nasty column, it hit me that there was no conversation here. Like you, I looked at the work that needs to be done, and sadly cut off my friend. We have work to do; Jesus did not commission us to sit around and fight over polity. Lets get on with it. The ACC needs the TEC a whole heck of a lot more than the TEC needs the ACC.