The Next Archbishop of Canterbury…or “Why We are Doomed” (Reposted)
Note: This brief article was originally posted last month. Now that rumors indicate Bishop Welby may in fact get the nod for Archbishop of Canterbury I’ve decided to repost it so that we might get a sense for who we are dealing with
I’m not on the edge of my seat. All three candidates said to be in the final running for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s throne seem positively ghastly. I say I’m not on the edge of my seat but that’s sort of a lie. I’m uninterestedly hoping that Bishop Welby of Durham, one of the purported conservatives in the running, does not get it. Which means he probably will. Anyone who can write two paragraphs like this...
Mission is a wonderful thing for many reasons. First, it is commanded by God, and thus to do it is to obey God. Second, it causes us to look outwards, away from those things that divide us, and to find ourselves shoulder to shoulder with others with whom we may disagree profoundly but with whom we share one unutterably precious thing — that we both love Jesus Christ and for His sake we are doing what we are doing.
Across the Anglican Communion, we are profoundly divided on many things, and yet at the same time there are links through diocesan and provincial partnerships. The more we are engaged in these works of mission, carrying in word and action the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that is more and more in need of Him, the more we find ourselves regarding those with whom we disagree as fellow Christians, who may be wrong but with whom we are called to live, whose love we receive and to whom we owe such love…read more
...is more than fit to be not only a bishop but “the” Archbishop.
Because really it’s all about “mission”.
Except, of course, when it is all about “gathering at the table”
There is tension of course between what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is false but by embracing the tension that is given to us in the other, diving together with the other into the vast sea of agape where the Sumi prophet Rumi dwells with Presiding Bishop Griswold (or perhaps it was the cloud of unknowing that hovers over the sea of Agape? I forget) we will begin, once more, to inhabit together the spirit womb of the Cosmic Yes…or something like that.
I’m sorry but give me a fire-breathing revisionist heretic over a a weak-knee’d, lets-all-embrace-and-do-mission-cause-mission-unites-but-doctrine-divides “orthodox” Anglican any day. A guy like Bishop Welby is far far more dangerous to orthodoxy than even the ferocious false teacher because naive orthodox leaders will trust him and follow his lead and give peace a chance and become very put out with all of us who would like it very much if, just for once, war - unrelenting conflict - might be given a chance when it comes to dealing with heretics.
What on earth does this man mean by “the gospel” if he thinks it is something that we can preach together with those who push for same sex blessings? Whatever it is, it is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
And don’t get me started on Archbishop Setamu.
In any case, it appears to me that we are all doomed as Sarah would say.
But I’m sure God has it all figured out.
Have a great Tuesday.
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