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March 1, 2013

Indaba with an MBA

David Anderson at the AAC:

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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[1] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 3-1-2013 at 04:26 PM · [top]

I think that one of the problems I am seeing with reactions to Welby’s reconciliation project is the confusion of political reconciliation with Christian reconciliation.  I know that folks like Bp. Anderson know the difference, and there is an intentional pointing out that what Welby is suggesting is NOT Christian reconciliation.

Christian reconciliation is just what Anderson writes - acknowledging sinfulness and unfaithfulness on all sides, repenting of that, and returning to faithful Christian behavior and doctrine.

Political reconciliation is something different entirely.  Political reconciliation doesn’t have anything necessarily to do with Christianity at all (heck, Stalin and Hitler sought reconciliation in their pre-WW2 pact).  Political reconciliation is simply assessing each sides relative political strength and position and then seeking the appropriate compromises in an attempt to reach a political settlement that everyone can “live with.”  It has nothing to do with Christian reconciliation.

Welby’s reconciliation process is the political kind, not the Christian kind.  Conservative Anglicans should respond appropriately.

[2] Posted by jamesw on 3-1-2013 at 07:04 PM · [top]

I’m so thankful for Bishop Anderson’s willingness to address this boldly and publicly. This is what bishops do!

[3] Posted by Matt Kennedy on 3-2-2013 at 09:24 AM · [top]

jamesw #2,

Just imagine how ordinary pewsitters might be confused when their leaders do not clearly enunciate the difference.

[4] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 3-2-2013 at 09:36 AM · [top]

Kudos as well to Bishop Anderson’s response. He has never lacked for courage.

[5] Posted by Sarah on 3-2-2013 at 09:49 AM · [top]

Unfortunately, JamesW, the sexual agenda groups are attached at the head/hip with the leftist political entities, even perhaps, their evil spawn.  George Soros funds these groups and Communists’ writings outlined the steps for destroying free societies.  It’s leftist objectives to lead moral societies step-by-step into political, fiscal and moral chaos and they’ve done an outstanding job. 

Can Jesus lead His people to battle these, using spiritual weapons?  Not without our total committment to His Word and Way of Love, Truth and Life.

Compromise of those core doctrines for the sake of reconciliation and unity is not an option.

[6] Posted by St. Nikao on 3-2-2013 at 10:09 AM · [top]

Addendum:  It’s leftist objectives to lead moral societies step-by-step into political, fiscal and moral chaos and they’ve done an outstanding job - in the church and in the political arena – hence the strikingly similar and parallel usurpations and violations of tradition, science, reason, law and Constitution of Shori and Obama.

[7] Posted by St. Nikao on 3-2-2013 at 10:17 AM · [top]

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