Friday, February 6, 2009

Reality Check: how Western self-indulgence wastes Christian effort

The Communique from the Anglican Primates' Meeting is wordy (typical of British influence).

But here are some of the serious issues they faced:

We were moved while we listened to some of our members speaking first hand of the situation in Zimbabwe*, of the oppressive partisanship of the former Bishop of Harare, Nolbert Kunonga, and of the violence and persecution exercised against the Anglicans of Zimbabwe... We also heard from the Primate of the Sudan about the violence experienced by the people of Sudan and urgent needs of that nation... The Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East also drew our attention to the ongoing crisis in Gaza.

This is not parlor discussion or abstract debate. Anglican leaders and their people live face to face with these situations and others every day.

Meanwhile, the Communion is sidetracked by the self indulgence of a few affluent, narcissistic baby boomers in the Euro-American provinces. The left is always quick to say, "Americans are a very few people using up a disproportionate share of world resources." The struggles of the Anglican Communion would tend to support that argument.

*The situation in Zimbabwe is so bad that even Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu has suggested military force to relieve it.

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