Politics and religion: stay away from those topics. That’s an old adage, and it is wise advice.
And I’m going to violate both in the same posting.
I was watching Cash Cab (a quiz show) a few days ago. A young couple was asked “What winter holiday built around African tradition is celebrated each year?” They quickly answered “Kwanzaa.” (The couple was white, by the way.) Later in the contest, they were asked to name one of the four gospels in the Bible.
Name just one of the gospels.
This week is a big meeting of bishops of the Episcopal Church. A decision will be made whether many of the local churches and regional groups (diocese) will leave the Episcopal Church, which is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. “Conservatives” are upset that a gay man was made a bishop and that there are women who are priests. There is a lot of pressure from the other churches within the Anglican Communion for the American church to renounce its ways. “Liberals” say that gays and lesbians should be welcome in the church and women have every right to be priests..
I have always described myself as a Christian who happens to worship in the Episcopalian tradition. Frankly, I have no loyalty to the Episcopal Church, but that because I have little loyalty to organizations, which by their very nature, are bereft of a heart or soul. My bonds are with people and with God.
With some disdain, I watch the “leaders” of my denomination piss away lots of time, money, and effort worrying about the continued existence of a man made institution. They are so set in their ways that couldn’t even stay in the same hotel. The only people who care about this are those who are involved in the organization of the Anglican Communion – and are paid by it.
In the meantime, young people can identify Kwanzaa, but cannot name even one gospel.
It must make God cry.