At dinner conversation tonight, we got to talking about the Gospel and the current "crisis" facing the Anglican Communion. I, for one, am weary of progressives being tarred with the image of ignoring the Gospel.
This is a rant. Please feel free to read on to the next post, if you like. It is a well-trodden rant.
When I pick up my Bible and read the gospels, I read a message of radical and complete love. Love so strong that it reached out to the most marginal people in the culture. Love so strong that it offered health and salvation. Love so strong that it was not concerned with the structures of religion or society.
So, I ask you: who is following the Gospel? Those who would exclude people from fullness in the Body of Christ? Those who ignore issues of life and health in favor of pushing an agenda of division and purity laws?
Interestingly, I also note that Jesus said not a word about homosexuality. Mostly he talked about love and money. To the extent he had anything to say about so-called traditional marriage, he was not keen on divorce. Strangely, the American Anglican Council can have a nuanced position on that one. Perhaps because it hits close to home? Any, go figure.
I'm calling myself a Gospel-following Christian until shown otherwise.