Monday, May 16, 2011

Absolutely, Positively, The Last Time I Will Write About the Anglican Covenant (Until Next time)

The REAL Anglican Covenant:  "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-40.  This passage also appears in Mark and Luke in slightly different language but the same covenant. 

Once again, many of our most learned members of the Episcopal Church continue to grind on the Anglican Communion Covenant.  Is this not a waste of time, talent, and treasure?  Could these folks better spend their time figuring out "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin"? 

We are the Episcopal Church of the United States of America and by now, it is clear to the international community that the covenant we follow is summed up in the two great commandments.  Nothing is going to change that.  Nothing is going to somehow magically change the voices of those who would punish and kill those members of our community that wish to "have life abundantly".  We work on our relationship with God and our neighbor virtually everyday and nothing he Global south or the folks that like to confess everything but their sins against their fellow man/woman can say or do to stop us. 

So I ask, why all the "deep and serious" writing about "The Anglican Covenant"?  If it is because the Archbishop of Canterbury "asked" us to I need to say why?  The last time that happened in any serious vein I think we formed and Army and beat the snot out of Cornwallis.  Do we think that somehow the "Anglican Communion" in all it's glory outweighs the message in Matthew, Mark, and Luke?  I certainly hope not.  Does it make any sense at all to "review and discuss and vote" on a covenant that will set up the primates so that they can then be the new and improved Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? For my money, I have heard nothing from a single one of them, including the Archduke of ACNA and the Global South that even closely approximates the message Jesus gave us.  Why then would we allow this bigoted, mean-spirited, evil group of men "run the Anglican Communion" let alone tell us how and what to think.

This covenant deserves no time, no energy, no more paper and ink and no more thought.  We need to use our precious resources to serve the hungry, needy, naked, and imprisoned. We need to be about "our Father's business."

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