Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Episcopal Party

A couple of months ago I wrote of the liberal ascendancy in the Episcopal Church:

This movement represents the complete politicization of religion. By that I mean, this is the strongest expression of the belief that political ideology, of the "correct" sort, is the preeminent "moral" principle by which every category of human existence must be measured. Therefore everything, including religious beliefs, must be made subservient to ideology. It was once said that the Catholic Church made philosophy the handmaiden of theology. Well, the Episcopal Church is now attempting to make theology, political ideology's bitch.

If anyone had any doubts that this is what was really going on, all you need to do is read this piece from The Seattle Times: "I am both Muslim and Christian"

Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill.

On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest.

She does both, she says, because she's Christian and Muslim.

Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she's ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she's also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved.

Her announcement has provoked surprise and bewilderment in many, raising an obvious question: How can someone be both a Christian and a Muslim?

Yes, and one might wonder what her bishop thinks about her avowed apostasy. Oh, he thinks it is just ducky.

Redding's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.

Bishop Warner has so little respect for the faith he supposedly is a part of that he cannot offer the most basic defense of its primary tenets. Obviously, his commitment to a political correct idea of tolerance comes before everything else.

In such a view there is no such thing as heretical thought, just "diversity."

If that is true, why have a church at all? Doesn't the very idea of a church get in the way of everybody doing whatever they feel like doing? Why go through the charade of pretend Christianity if all you really want is a place to have a social life and espouse your political ideology?

In the end, the "religion" of the liberal Episcopal Party seems little more than an unseemly tax dodge.

(Gleaned from Power Line)

Addendum:

I saw this today and I thought it was more than apropos: The Wasps Nest

We as a church have had a wasps nest of heresy and apostasy on our porch and, rather than doing the painful but necessary thing (which, by the way is mentioned as both necessary and painful in the Bible - y’know that book that…oh never mind) we have decided to ignore and tolerate it.

So, what happened? Well, funnily enough that wasps nest, over the course of the summer, grew, expanded beyond the confines of the box and suddenly, rather than a tiny little wasps nest we have a great big wasps nest - on our porch, stopping us getting in and out, getting the kids stung and generally making daily life difficult.

We tolerated it, and look what we became? The spectre of Catholic bishops tolerating ‘Catholic’ politicians supporting abortion and other innovations of the zeitgeist.

Simply put, you don’t tolerate wasps, you don’t tolerate sin, because if you do it just grows.

But wait a moment, where do Anglicans fit into all this, you may ask? Well, for the record I am not a good Anglican. If I was a good Anglican I would have taken that wasps nest inside and placed it at the centre of the mantelpiece. I would have watched it grow with pride, congratulating myself on my diversity and tolerance, glad that I had found it in my heart to be so inclusive. I would have been stung, and watched my children being stung and have rejoiced in this new relationship that the spirit was working within us.

Welcome, friends, to our world. Welcome to the Anglican Madhouse.

3 comments:

entropy said...

I had dinner with the Presiding Bishop of the APA, Grundorf, a couple of weeks back(he's from the STL area)He is very troubled that he has had no inquiries from Clergy or Parishes in this area about APA affiliation. I pointed out an AMiA church that is 1928BCP faithful. The APA is having a national convention here next year.

http://www.anglicanprovince.org/

http://www.resurrectionstl.org/

The Iconic Midwesterner said...

I think there are a lot of folks wishing the troubles would just blow away in the wind. (Which sometimes seems to tbe the take of ++Williams.)

Eventually folks are gonna have to pick a "side." It is just sad it is coming to that point.

But that is the nature of political ideology.

Anonymous said...

It's embarrassing to be an Episcopalian these days. And, they wonder why we're not going to church or giving money? Big DUH...we're sick and tired of the gay agenda. We're saddened that our beautiful church has been hijacked by leftie liberals who don't care about anything but womens lib and gay marriage.