Skip to comments.Getting Political
Posted on 02/13/2006 6:19:43 PM PST by sionnsar
Politics and church dont mix. If I had a dollar for every time Ive heard someone mouth these words Id have a lot more money than I have now. And, of course, to the extent that politics is dirty, underhanded, deceptive, and cheap, church and politics do not mix.
And yet, so long as fallen human beings are charged with stewardship of the Church, politics, the art of creating, moving, or changing corporate consent, will be part of it.
Unfortunately, even in the church politics can be dirty. Take the hit piece against the orthodox bishop of Albany published Sunday in the Times Union. So very interesting that something this low, skewed, unsubstantiated, and nasty would come out just as Albany is gearing up to elect her coadjutor.
This is, of course, only speculation, but I imagine if we dug deep enough wed find Via Media chin deep in this articles muck.
And thats the problem. Revisionists know politics. Revisionists, in fact, love politics. If youre living in a revisionist or centrist diocese think about the last diocesan convention you attended. Who was most energized? Who was excited? Who was there with bells on? Id be willing to bet my presently screaming two-year-old boy that it was your friendly neighborhood radical revisionist.
If youre wondering what happened to the Episcopal Church; how she decided to embrace homosexual sex as her cause celeb, the first place to look is your own parishs annual meeting.
Believers, orthodox, faithful believers, have, up and until this time, had much better things to do with their time than serve as their parishs representative to diocesan convention.
Were not into politics after all, were into Jesus.
But guess what? That leftist radical in your parishyou know, the one who obnoxiously screeches Her when the prayerbook reads Him on Sunday morningsis into politics". In fact, he or she has all the time in the world to devote to ecclesial activism.
That, beloved, is what happened to the Episcopal Church. That old, tired, cliché, evil wins out when good men do nothing has proven true. From your parishs annual meeting to your diocesan convention to the General Convention itself, the radicals have embedded themselves like tics in the body of Christ. How did it happen?
You and I were too busy that weekend. So we didnt run for parish rep.
I dont know whether its still possible to save the Episcopal Church. Its pretty far gone. But before it dies or just in case we want to preserve whatever emerges in its place, keep this in mind: God the Son became incarnate. He became man and immersed himself in the dirt and grime of humanity, yet without sin. During his time in the grime Jesus called his followers to be as sly as the fox and as innocent as the dove.
Does this mean believers should give themselves over to dirty, underhanded, deceptive, and cheap politcs? No.
Does this mean we should get political? Wed better start.
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