will people continue to say that The Episcopal Church at its 2003 General
Convention capitulated to society?
The polls show that the VAST majority of people, even
within The Episcopal Church oppose the inclusion of Gays and Lesbians
in the episcopate, and world wide, most Anglicans even oppose the inclusion
of women in Holy Orders. How could this possibly be anything other
than another time when the Church must choose to follow the Holy Spirit,
which through the councils of the church at its convention chose to
open the door to a group viewed, in the language of the times of the
Apostles, as “unclean.”
In Acts 10 we read how God made it very clear
to St. Peter about that those things and people who according to the
purity codes which excluded the unclean Gentiles, were swept away in
Christ's radical inclusionary act of sacrifice.
The question is not
about capitulating to society, for society, especially the part of
society that is Anglican world wide is not wanting to follow Peter's
God given vision, or the action of the Spirit moving through our
General Convention, but whether we will follow Christ's lead and buck
the society and include those who are excluded under the law.
be the "Judaizers”, or those who like St.
Paul, included the ones excluded by society and The Law?
Am I missing something?
-Dr. Howard Anderson
Dean of College of Preachers