Christians told to stay away
It just leaves me aghast that Chris Sugden and Anglican Mainstream should advise Christians to stay away from Greenbelt this year. So are Christians not to mix with other Christians who they suppose are somehow sinning? If so then we are on seriously dodgy ground here. This is tantamount to a theology in which God measures sin; in which he considers some sins worse than others. So how would it have been if Jesus had decided that there were no go zones for his ministry. Worshippers at Greenbelt are not rejecting Jesus.
Jesus cursed Bethsaida and Chorazin, ‘Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” (Matt 11:21) Capernaum (also located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee) was cursed by Jesus as well. “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” (Mathew 11:23).But here the people rejected Jesus and worshipped false Gods.
What are Anglican Mainstream and Chris Sugden actually saying about the Christians at Greenbelt? I share AMs orthodox stance on issues in Human Sexuality but we share in the worship of our Lord and Saviour with our Christian brothers and sisters and surely watch for the planks in our own eyes before we remove the sawdust from our neighbours' eyes. Do we not have much to learn from one another in all our brokenness. God does not see us in terms of our sexual orientation, he sees us as his dear children. Should we not be doing likewise?
Are we, as Christians, becoming addicted to dislike and hate? Take care, this is not our Church, this is Christ's Church! Is this how we want to live? We need instead to be prayer-warriors. We need to wear the weapon of love. Love is specific, it has a face and that face probably belongs to someone whom everyone else dislikes, is that person your gay brother and sister? Are not these then the people we walk towards and not away from. Step out, go to Greenbelt if that had been your prayerfully considered plan. Step out, walk towards the people whom the Church is telling you to walk away from because the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE!!!! A Christ-follower walks towards and not away from people. A Christ-follower loves!
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.