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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Fine example of Christian Unity - NOT!

The meeting of the Primates due to be held in Dublin in January is being boycotted by 10 Primates who say that they are staying away because of 'failed promises in the past'. 'As we have made clear in the numerous communiques and meetings those who have abandoned the historic teaching of the Church have torn the fabric of our life together at its deepest level. We have made repeated attempt to bring repentance and restoration and yet these efforts have been rejected. We grieve for those who have walked apart and earnestly pray for them and the people under their care,' said the Primates' Council of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.
Am I alone in thinking that these Primates who are not attending an international conference to debate and pray for Church unity are guilty of what they accuse others of doing? Surely in the house of God there is no limit to the amount of times that you make 'repeated attempt to bring repentance and restoration...' Where is the leadership of the Church at a time when it is desperately needed? Extrapolate this situation into the work place and I don't think many of us would get away with such reasons for not participating in team building exercises for, after all, isn't that what a Primates conference is partly about?
I have blogged in the past about the intellectual indulgences that seem to afflict many in our Church. While Christians are actively being killed and persecuted around the world and Christianity is under attack our leaders do intellectual battles over who ought to be called to serve in the Church. I haven't studied theology and, no doubt, many will find fault with my simplistic analysis but I do speak as a person on the ground. People want to see the Church fighting for injustice, speaking up about inequality and applying God's word to modern day situations. Perhaps our present day version of Ecumenical doctrine has become far too imbued with personal colourings of opinion and vanity. We need a new discourse that pulls together the agendas of all fragmented groups and injects some reality into the disagreements that exist. In other words we may all never agree on things but we can show leadership by, perhaps, deciding to firstly concentrate on the external forces that are threatening our faith rather than helping our enemies by pulling down the structures of the church from within and making their job easier.
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