A few months ago I had a dream that seems to summarise so much of what we in the Anglican world have been involved in for the last decade. In the dream, I was at a church service – traditionally Anglican I guess. All the trappings, the form and structure of the service was all so ‘normal’.
But I became aware that this service was to celebrate the un-marrying, the divorcing, of a couple. All there seemed so happy, everything was as you might hope for in a church service, but the heart was inverted and dark. Try as we might, we couldn’t get the folks there to see what was wrong. The couple seemed oblivious, they just knew they were so ‘happy’ to get un-joined. I confronted the minister after the service with what he was doing – he responded “how dare you”, to which I replied “how dare you“. How dare you celebrate a traversity of a Christian service, and call it pleasing to God?
The thing is, we know the sentence on the world – it hates God and anybody identifying with Him. It will continue acting in character, and various forms of wickedness is all it can produce. But when God’s Bride, His Church, joins in, and under His banner, celebrates that which is wicked – that is really too much to bear. Jesus will spit such a ‘church’ out of His mouth. And He has done – with the institution of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Episcopal Church, and any other Church that forsakes Him and celebrates things He hates.
Ten years on from the vision of the dead tree, we have a new Anglican Communion that is blooming. This has been a Kairos moment, a time of deciding, of turning, either to the left or right – to death or to life.