Sunday, January 21, 2007

Our Intolerance of "Other"

I am deeply saddened by the refusal of many African Anglican clergy to meet with the leadership of the American Episcopal Church. This because of a woman Presiding Bishop, and the Episcopal Church's acceptance of gay clergy. I found a quote that says it all:

The only purpose of the gospel is to reconcile people to God and to each other. A gospel that doesn't reconcile is not a Christian gospel at all....
(But) We don't really believe that the proof of our discipleship is that we love one another (see John 13:35). No, we think the proof is in numbers ... Even if our "converts" continue to hate each other, even if they will not worship with their brothers and sisters in Christ, we point to their "conversion" as evidence of the gospel's success. We have substituted a gospel of church growth for a gospel of reconciliation.

- John Perkins
from "With Justice for All"

Pray for us to increase our capacity for tolerance - and lose out hate for people who are gay, transgendered, or created to see life in another way.


Anonymous said...

Ja swaer. Hoekom kan hulle nie net die ander ou se sukkel sien nie? Al die energie spandeer om reg te wees! Jesus huil weer. Pieter G

Wessel Bentley said...

I wonder whether such closed-mindedness can be classified as a clinical disorder?