The Bishop of Buckingham, my new friend! :-)

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/08/23/bishop-of-buckingham-church-should-get-its-head-around-gay-relationships-and-be-out4marriage/

What a wonderful piece, look at what he says…

“But my favorite green ink letter came from Mr. Angry of Suffolk who told me ‘It beggars belief that a bishop of the Church of England should think ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ should apply to homosexuals.’ Well, Mr. Angry, let me beggar your belief; the Sermon on the Mount isn’t a discussion starter, it’s meant to be a way of life. Jesus’ love is for everybody and Christianity is not about persevering the past but love as strong as death. The local church often manages to be Good News in a very easy way – it’s time for the broader institution to catch up.”

Quite beautiful, eloquent and most of all affirming. Not much more to say but let’s see who else comes up to the mark after this.

Incidentally, the Sermon on the Mount he was talking about is from Matthew:

The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
The Beatitudes
Lk. 6.20-23
3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ¶ Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Is. 61.2 
5 ¶ Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Ps. 37.11 
6 ¶ Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Is. 55.12 
7 ¶ Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 ¶ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Ps. 24.45 
9 ¶ Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 ¶ Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: 1 Pet. 3.14 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 ¶ Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 1 Pet. 4.14 
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets 2 Chr. 36.16 · Acts 7.52 which were before you.

Yup, it’s not a discussion it’s a way of life.

 

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Comments
  1. Jill says:

    I am Gobsmacked that this guy is bothered by this. Where does he not read love thy neighbor Jesus was silent on the issue of homosexuality. I get so tired of this debate because there should not be one. We are all loved children of God.

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