Preliminary Word On GAFCON

Well, someone emailed and asked if I would be commenting on GAFCON. However I, like most of the Anglican blogosphere, is merely watching with anticipation. On my part, I do await some word from my Bishop and my friend Canon Gregg Riley on what is going on over there. I’m sure we’ll hear something soon.

However, reading Akinola’s speech, I tend to think that both the Communion Partners and the Common Cause will all be part of this strategy. It wouldn’t take much for American diocese to follow the example of a certain Canadian diocese in recognizing themselves to be in Communion with those that have left – like the Diocese of San Joaquin. Loyalty to a particular institution or not is secondary to loyalty to Jesus Christ, our Lord. One thing appears to be certain; while GAFCON will not declare a new Communion or expressly disavow communion with Canterbury, new relationships will be forged at this gathering. Networking among those dedicated to Catholic Anglicanism, setting aside strategy for a bit for the sake of the Spirit.

Perhaps this may all be like Lewis’ vision of heaven and hell in the great divorce. Some will continue to come down to the plains to talk to the ghosts, some will not. Some, indeed, will specialize in that kind of work. What must be rejected is the demands of the loveless and self-imprisoned that “they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power, that Hell should be able to veto Heaven.” Or, in other words, don’t let them steal you joy. Or, in other words, don’t let the bastards get you down. Just keep on pointing to Christ, the best way you can, let all love come from love of God and not love of self or even love of others. It may have a “grand sound” as Lewis puts it to say one should not accept salvation that leaves even one creature in the dark outside. But, Jesus said you sometimes have to shake the dust of your feet and leave town, not in abandonment of persons, but in moving on the mission of the Church. As Lewis said, you don’t want to make a Dog in a Manger the tyrant of the universe.

Well, the wife and kids want to watch a movie. More later.

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