Naturally I have been keeping an eye on what has been going on over in Jerusalem. My own thoughts, at least until the end.
1) I love the way how everyone at the other end of the table keep saying that none of this is about gay sex or homosexuality, and then launch immediately into this whole diatribe about the evils of homosexuality and how icky gay sex is, equating it to bestiality, incest, and of course, the ever popular pedophilia. Let’s just be honest, shall we? It is not about the authority of Scripture, it is about the homos. End of story.
2) The amount of fear and bile and even hatred at times coming from the other end of the table is appalling, especially in the comments area of two websites who shall not be named. What is the reason for it? It just seems so unfaithful to whom we are called to be as members of the Body of Christ. To quote Romans 1, a passage which I have heard ad inifitum in trying to condemn who I am, I would almost venture to say that in many ways they have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie.” Indeed, “since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, and malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious towards parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die — yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.” This seems more in line with what is read in the comments areas of Those Sites Who Shall Not Be Named than anything I read at this end of the table.
3) Speaking of the whole mess of GAFCON being in Jerusalem, I think that this just goes to show how arrogant and insensitive the organizers and leadership of that movement are. The last thing Jerusalem needs is 1,000 or so Anglicans of any stripe traipsing around the most contested real estate in the world. These sentiments have been expressed by the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem. But, they went anyway. It is clear the only thing they have any interest in promoting is their own agenda and making a show of power and flexing of muscles, and not in spreading the Gospel, and not even the Gospel they claim to represent. I think the Bishop recognizes this on some level because his address to the attendees could be summed up in one sentence: “You people better behave yourselves while you’re here.”
Enough for now ….