Tomorrow a family friend, Mrs. rightviewfromtheleftcoast and your humble blogger will partake in the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
We will attend the public celebration of Holy Communion. And after walk around taking in all the sights. And, I am certain that there will be some sights.
With traditionalist Episcopalians leaving in droves, there are fewer and fewer within the Church standing for traditional biblical understanding. That Jesus Christ is the reason we are Christians after all. And that being a follower of Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Light.
Do not worry. There are some that are still within, standing up.
There are delegations from Central Florida, Dallas, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, South Carolina . There are others, but these are the leading diocese within the church that are willing to stand up for scripture, tradition, reason. That is the three legs of Anglicanism and at one time, the Episcopal Church. Today, sadly, we are left with reason and not much else.
Judging by the "legislation" proposed and or passed at this convention, it reads more like the Democrat party congressional agenda rather than a church that is driven to preach the Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to all nations.
A little aside.
The Episcopal Church is set up as a republican form of governance. There is a Presiding Bishop and two legislative houses. The House of Bishops, think of the senate. And there is the House of Deputies, think of the House of Representatives. And, one, or both Houses will propose binding or non-binding pieces of legislation. Some becomes official church policy.
Again, look at the "legislation" link. Little if any resembles a church. And that is why the Episcopal Church continues to hemorrhage.
Proclaiming the Gospel is not easy. It is hard. But, living so in the world as many of those that represent us Christian Episcopalians are doing is really hard. It means that it rejects a lot of what the Holy Bible teaches and says is truth.
Tomorrow will be interesting and there will be a full report from your humble, Christian Episcopal blogger.