Indaba with an MBA
What Christian reconciliation is not intended to do or be is a warmed over version of Rowan Williams’ Indaba conversations. Granted that His Grace ++Justin Welby comes from the business world, and seemingly has his feet more firmly planted in the real world, we need more from him than a Rowan Williams Indaba with an MBA (Masters of Business Administration, a frequent business degree). Welby’s recent remarks on reconciliation are included in this week’s udpate along with the BBC interview with the newly hired Reconciliation Director, Canon David Porter. Real reconciliation work will take note of the fact that one party has departed core Christian beliefs, has introduced immoral practices as acceptable, and done so in deceptive and duplicitous ways. It is not that ++Justin needs to convene an investigation to see if this is true, ++Rowan already did this, but was just unable to bring himself to do anything about it.
++Justin Welby is brought to the Anglican world as a born-again believer, an evangelical, steeped in the renewal of Holy Trinity Brompton, and for this I am deeply grateful, but it is worth noting that many Church of England evangelicals, products of sound, evangelical seminaries, have somehow kept their faith but allowed their practical application of such to become muddled by the problems affecting the church. It would be wonderful for His Grace to take note of the grave errors and blatant misconduct of the American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, reflect on the evidence already provided during his predecessor’s tenure, and if, as some suspect, there is a need for the two North American Provinces to repent and return to Jesus Christ in the historic and Biblical sense, that they be called to do so and set to one side until they have. What is not called for is making nice, photo ops, smiles and handshakes with those who have broken covenant and relationships unilaterally by their stubborn independence and arrogance. Indaba with an MBA is precisely what the Anglican Communion does not need, it will just lead more individuals and churches into confusion where souls are lost and mission is forfeit.
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