The Anglican church is at war with itself.
A neighbor came by and then another and at some point while they were talking the subjects of abortion and Jesse's mom, an Episcopal minister, getting kicked out of her church. I stayed out of it. Too many landmines, and when you are a moderate you will piss someone off.
I think I have stated my own position as pro-death, but mainly I like consistancy. I feel strongly about the state being able to put citizens to death more so than the protection of all life. But I feel that it is right to ask at what point do you kill the fetus, when the heart beats? When the fetus starts sucking its thumb? When it can possibly live outside the womb? Can you kill the fetus to protect the life of the mother? Would it be right to force a woman to bear the child of her rapist? To bear a child with a condition? But you need to ask and not blindy abort and not blindly keep an unwanted pregnancy without asking the hard questions and look for the hard answers.
Now about Jesse's mom. That's hard. She has done such wonderful things in her career for the church. However the issue, according the the two neighbors, was his mom believes that homosexuality is something one is born as, fine, I believe the same thing. Her church believed differently. Since church is about belief, the church was correct in parting ways. It would be no different if they had parted ways on the issue of what was the communion, or the status of the virgin Mary. Right now the issue of sexuality is tearing apart the Communion, better to part ways than growing distrustful of each other in this battle.
We all need to ask what it is that we believe and why. Why is something wrong? Why is it right? Can it be neither? If the Bible is wrong, why bother following it at all? Why ignore some parts and cling to others? We can gleefully attack our enemies, dismiss them as evil or blind or stupid. But does that make us better people?
I believe in Jesus Christ, a Jewish carpenter, son of G-d and G-d, the 3 in 1 combo deal that is my faith. I try to follow through the understanding that we should be trying to understand the basic of love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. Very simple but very hard. Extremly hard because your neighbors are abusive, lazy, nosy, stingy, mean, gossipy, lying, self-serving, horrid people with bad spending habits and you're not much better. And Lord, when you say love your neighbor what do you mean? Give them everything, let them run over you like a rug? What? So we leave it up to interpretation, and then get into trouble.
WOW Lotta topics from a very thoughtful lady. I'll respond to your last thought. No, we are NOT necessarily rugs to be trampled upon. We miss the scripture which instructs us to "speak plainly to our brothers..." In other words, tough love is sometimes required not for our glory but for His. Jesus instructs us to love the least (the most unloveable) of these to love Him. The Anglican Church (where I grew up) and others are at war with themselves because they have wandered from the Truth, the Word of God, Scripture.
Many churches rely too much on creeds, rote prayers, etc and not on the WORD itself. Jesus warns us against being lukewarm (moderate), but we must take a stand... with Him! When we stand on "beliefs" we can go astray. The Anglican church, by electing an openly gay minister, who has sex outside of marriage, has gone astray. Read Romans 1:18 to the end. Based on that scripture, I know there is no "gay" gene, no one is "born gay". Yet we must love the "gay" people and show them a true life with our Savior.
Satan in his war against the Almighty, wants to separate us from God and His Word.
Life deals us hard blows, but we must affirm life. A young friend who was nearly aborted as a rape child is now a lovely 21-year old young lady. A friend and brother of mine likened God's plan as follows: Have some raw eggs, a sip of vanilla extract some baking soda some flour, and wash it all down with vegatable oil. YUK! But when the Chef mixes it all, and loving prepares it we end up with cake or cookies (after Lent for some of us).
Abortion interferes with God's plan, whether it is new gene sets, heartbeat, brainwave.
T believe being moderate upsets our Lord, and standing for His Truth pisses off the dark one.
Whose side are you on?
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