It all started here, and now it ends for me in Little Rock. I’ll be off the computer for a week or so, until we get hooked back up again in St. Louis. Thanks for staying tuned to the Balaam’s Ass network…
As this editorial proves, if churches such as the Church of England or the Episcopal Church think they can get away with ordaining men and women(!) who are not celibate, and then tell them they can’t get “married,” they will not long be able to survive with the inconsistency. It is either stand firm and take the fire, or concede ground and lose the war. There can be no compromise with unrepentant (that’s the key word here) sinners who want the full rights and benefits of leaders in the church. I predict that the elcA will also lose this battle, namely, trying to have it both ways.
Interesting article here on flags in church buildings. While I think that talk of “empire building” is rhetorical nonsense, the point about having the American flag (or a silly “Christian” flag; sorry!) in church buildings is well-taken. I understand that those flags can be sensitive issues, especially if they were provided by a member of the congregation who is a veteran. However, if they must be somewhere in the building, put them in the narthex or something.
This also goes with my opinion that Independence Day celebrations should not include many patriotic songs. Songs that are prayers for the country are good; “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” is not. This goes for the other side as well: “Amerika” bashing does not belong in the pulpit.