Living in tension

The Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett has written a new essay for The Episcopal Majority. He says:

If Anglicanism falls apart, with “conservatives” going their way and “liberals” going their way, the world will not be surprised. Because that is exactly what human beings do and have done over and over again throughout history. They choose sides, they throw rocks at their enemies and they ultimately split up – or else destroy one party to the conflict. Most of the world will not see the break up of the Anglican Communion as a great heroic defense of Truth. They will see it as a failure even among Christian people to live any better with each other than the rest of humanity. The falling apart of the Anglican Communion will not be an evangelistic triumph for the True Faith. It will be a conspicuous example of the inability of the followers of Jesus to actually follow him.

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In the full text, Mr. Dutton-Gillett states that, "As we look at the teaching of Jesus, it is clear that he refuses to abandon relationships for the sake of justice, nor does he abandon justice for the sake of relationship."

But of course, that is exactly what the HoB did. For the sake of preventing others from walking away from TEC, for the “sake of relationship,” the HoB denied ecclesial justice, while hypocritically calling for civil justice for her gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered members.

There is a world of difference between "abandoning relationships for the sake of justice" and being abandoned for justice's sake. As Mr. Dutton-Gillett states, Jesus often was.

Niether TEC, nor the "liberals" in her, have threatened to walk away. We have always said we want to stay together. And our actions have shown that again and again.

If justice demands the full inclusion of our GLBT sisters and brothers, then that is what it demands. And as Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us, justice brooks no delay. And if we are abandoned for it, as lamentable as that would be, it may be the price we are called to pay.

Mr. Dutton-Gillett is rightly concerned with that the world will say of us if we are abandoned. Unfortunately, what the world sees by looking at our temporizing and compromise with intolerance and injustice is that we have become irrelevant.

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