One of the things I do when reading the Anglican Journal is to turn to the letters page just to see what people are saying. Lately, the Journal seems to have given up all pretence at being impartial and as such almost all letters are from the liberal side.
One letter, that can be seen here (second to last), was most revealing. The letter is generally about radical inclusion, unity and sex-obsession, the sort of thing I have seen before. However, after admonishing us to stay unified and not ‘insult Christ’, Elizabeth Loweth then seeks to call us back to the Church’s ‘real work’:
It is time now for the church to unite in its real work: poverty, health, education and the environment.
That, my friends, is what the problem is! Not our sex-obsession, power, control, hatred of women or gays etc. It’s the fundamental disagreement as to what Church is really all about.
I think a better definition of the Churches ‘real work’ can be found in Matthew 28 v19-20:
19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Poverty, health, education and the environment are things Christians should address – they are important. But any commitment to them should flow out of the primary mission of the Church.
Declaring otherwise is what should be seen as the profound insult to Christ.