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Friday, November 04, 2005

A Right Reverend Row!

The row in the Anglican Church over the consecration of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire simmers along and has just had the heat turned up recently. Robinson is in England for the 10th anniversary of the gay Christian pressure group Changing Attitude. For those who don't know, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay man to be consecrated a bishop anywhere in the Anglican Church worldwide. And because of the dissension it has caused he is the only one!

However, I was very alarmed to hear him say today that when he was consecrated he wore a bullet proof vest and had security all around him. He had received death threats! Whatever one believes about this thorny question of homosexuality and the Church (and I am on, I suppose, the traditionalist wing, but without any desire to be censorious), it is certainly NOT a Christian person's place to be issuing death threats! It would be far better that these people take stock of their own minds and consider the evil they are bringing towards themselves. And also reflect on the words "Let both grow together until the harvest." (Matt. xiii. 30).

Whatever Gene Robinson is or is not, it is certainly not our place as Christians to judge his soul. I will not be one who worries unduly on this and I will not be waking in the middle of the night screaming epithets about the devil and all his works!



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