Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Denial? Ignorance? Irony? or Malice?

You make the call!

In her official response to The Diocese of San Joaquin's convention this past weekend (see video or text link below), Ms. Schori states

"Our task as the Episcopal Church is God’s mission of reconciling the world, and actions such as this distract and detract from that mission."

My first question is - "reconciling the world," - to whom/what? "Reconciling the world to God through the saving power of the Cross of Jesus Christ" is the orthodox statement of faith. Her statement here makes it seem like TEC's job is to make people be nice to each other, not repent of the sin that separates us from God. It is another one of those statement that sounds orthodox at a glance, but has been twisted to mean anything or nothing.

My second question is - Does she really think the actions of San Joaquin distract and detract from the mission of the Church? If what she means in question #1 is that TEC's job is make everyone get along and be reconciled to each other in TEC, then yes...perhaps. But if she means it in the orthodox sense, or in keeping the Anglican Communion together, then it is either Denial, Ignorance, or Malice to think that what San Joaquin is doing is causing trouble compared to what she proposes as the new religion: biblical disregard in matters such as Salvation (her statement to the media that Jesus is not the unique Universal way to salvation), Morality (human sexuality for one), and Church order (the attempted ordination of women). All these, and more, are TEC's causes for distraction affecting The Anglican Communion's mission and ministry to reconcile the WHOLE WORLD TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST!

Lord have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep your laws!