Chris Sugden, a member of the Church of England and an ally of ACNA wonders why ACNA is silent on gun control. He asked, and got some answers:
I have written to and spoken with four prominent and leading conservative Anglicans from the Anglican Church of America in the days following the Florida shooting. I asked, bewildered, why when secular columnists and others were calling for at least a ban on the sale of the bolt-ons that give rapid fire, the voice of the church in this debate was silent. I asked if they would speak out. The following reasons were given:
- “The Church is divided on the matter.” Yes, my good and dear friend, but the church has been divided on many things and still is. But yet churches and their leaders speak out on church dividing matters as same-sex relations and nuclear arms as they have in the past on issues such as apartheid over which the church was divided in South Africa.
- “The culture of the United States is particular on the matter: outsiders do not understand the culture.” How often did we hear this response from South African Christians in the 1970s and 1980s when some of us as students closed bank accounts with Barclays and boycotted South African fruit over apartheid? Twenty years later apartheid was consigned to the rubbish heap of history.
- “It is a symptom of a deeper problem- the breakdown of the family in United States society. All the perpetrators were fatherless.” This avoids dealing with the issue in front of us by claiming to deal with a deeper seated issue which will take decades to repair.
- “Bearing arms in self-defence is part of our constitution”. Yes, and that applied in the age of the single shot musket, not in the age of the multi-repeater firearm.
So it is no wonder that with the Church silent, God is now using a different mouthpiece to address the situation – children.
For context, Sugden considers himself a voice for “orthodox Christians” as against the liberal elite of The Episcopal Church. He has access to the conservative leaders of ACNA. But gun control he finds himself at odds with ACNA.
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