Dear Church of England

Posted: January 15, 2016 in Opinion

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35318392

The US Episcopal Church is to be barred from Anglican decision-making bodies over its stance on same-sex marriage and homosexuality, bishops say.

It means the Church will be suspended from participating in the life and work of the Anglican communion.

The decision was made by senior Anglican clergy at what was described as a “really tough” meeting, held in Canterbury, to heal Church rifts.

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said it “will bring real pain”.

The decision dates back to the ordination of openly gay Canon Gene Robinson as a bishop of the Episcopal Church’s New Hampshire diocese in 2003 – a move that divided the global Anglican communion.

Since I have found Christ I have desired to serve him with all my heart, when I was younger, I was told that I could change my sexuality and become straight by getting married, which I did, you told me that, you told me that I could change how I felt. But the whole thing was a lie that ended in a painful break up.

I have not taken communion for years and frankly I struggle to even see that I could be a Christian sometimes, it seems Christ has now become out of reach. It’s no wonder that so many LGBTI people walk away from the faith. Or never even find Christ, your demand that we become straight is just too much. It is like a blind man gaining his sight, it is like a man born deaf being able to hear.

You only want perfect people in your perfect church. Well, I for one have had enough. I don’t think that church is a place for LGBT people. I am tired of being beaten up by your decisions, when you have not even sat with me to talk things through. You do not love LGBT people and don’t say you do, you use us, and then you throw us away. For years I have served you faithfully in music and doing everything, but still you won’t let me just be myself, you want me to be something I’m not, frankly I can’t do it.

I want to say though that St John’s has become home for me, I love the people and the church and this is nothing to do with them. In a sense it’s hard to work out what to do, but I obviously cannot be in any form of leadership within the church. I cannot risk St John’s going through the same fate as the Episcopalians because of me.

So it’s a sad goodbye from me.

I guess I won’t be going to church any longer.

I’ll get my coat and walk away with a broken heart again.

I am Episcopalian.

Paul.

Update…got a meeting with the Vicar later. Please pray. Feeling very very sad right now. 

Interesting discussion on LBC Radio about this issue, basically the view that The Archbishop has sided with the bullies rather than those that have been bullied to protect the Christians who would be persecuted if they sided with the Episcopalians.

Is the solution to side with bullies for the safety of the bullied? Thinking that by supporting those who persecute LGBT people in the name of Christ it is some how going to convey the love of Christ to those who he died for?

I think the Archbishop and the Anglican church have a hugely difficult position. I don’t feel actually they’ve taken the right one, but the one that pleases the people. It reminds me of the trial of Christ. When the trial was decided simply to please the people. I am on trial with the Episcopalian church, I have been tried and found guilty. at a trial I could not attend.

Not forgetting ofcourse the Church of England was started basically so that Henry the 8th could get a divorce.

Update 2

Basically the reaction of the LGBT media is simply to tell us how bad the Church of England is http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/15/shock-as-anglican-communion-punishes-us-church-for-acceptance-of-gays/

Unfortunately this gives the message to LGBT people they are not welcome in the church of England, the Episcopalian church has made a statement too.

http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/007170.html 

“Our commitment to be an inclusive church is not based on a social theory or capitulation to the ways of the culture, but on our belief that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all. While I understand that many disagree with us, our decision regarding marriage is based on the belief that the words of the Apostle Paul to the Galatians are true for the church today: All who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ.”

Well, that’s the kind of Church I would love to be part of. One of my comments on Facebook was that it’s like accepted at a local level and despised at another level. That’s the way it feels. I must stand by my convictions but I don’t want to withdraw from the church I love, but how can I be part of something, who in the upper levels does not accept me?

What would Jesus do?

The Guardian has also posted an interesting Article with an MP resigning from the Church. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/15/anglican-leaders-statement-on-marriage-disappoints-liberals

 

 

 

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Comments
  1. Jane says:

    I suppose if all of us who are deemed unworthy by the church were to leave it there would be little possibility of change.

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