Friday, August 27, 2010

Wading in water or scattering bulls**t?

Stand Firm | Update: Bishop Benhase says to “wade deep into the waters” with those “with whom we disagree”

Stand Firm exposes more of the elitist hypocrisy in the Episcopal Church, where a bishop preaches on "wading deep into the waters" with people with whom we don't agree... then issues a policy manual to his clergy telling them - I kid you not - that they are forbidden to have contact with dissenters who've left the Episcopal Church for other Anglican bodies.

The best "liberal" argument against anything traditional or "conservative" is always to expose hypocrisy. "Free marketers" who keep certain groups out of the marketplace, for example. The lofty aims of the U.S. Constitution compared to its "Blacks are 3/5 of a person" content. Progressives do well to expose gaps between theory and practice, rhetoric and reality.

So it is about time some of our liberal betters got outed for their own hypocrisy: they preach about "inclusion" and "dialogue" when they are legalists, institutionalists and fear-mongers of the worst sorts.

This just in from the head of the church:

"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."


Anonymous said...

I once made the mistake of suggesting to an Episcopal chaplain that he could cooperate with ACNA folks and even get volunteers from their ranks. It got me the persona non grata treatment pronto.

I'm wondering, too, how things will work out with ecumenical relations between Catholics and Episcopalians when the Episcopalians might have to look at an Anglican Catholic across the table. I'm predicting they will be told to stay home out of respect for the fragile sensitivities of PECUSA/TEC hardliners. (Can we coin the term Episcopalianists?)

Waitin' on the Ordinariate

The Underground Pewster said...

This appears to be incomprehensible, except that I recall the numerous occasions other denominations have been slandered by people of oour denomination. The tribalism of T.E.C. cannot be denied.

TLF+ said...

Anon. & Pewster: the clubby accents are pronounced, aren't they? When you look at something like the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, where the denomination basically said, "We own our part in the sad divisions of Christianity, and want to seek unity wherever possible," and then look at the current,cultish "We're the only people to whom the Spirit speaks" claims, you see a total inversion of values.