Some day, some time, when you least expect it…

Doug LeBlanc gets back at us (me, Greg, Sarah, Mike Daley, etc.) for some fun at GC2006.

Yeah, well, turn-about is fair play, and we most certainly deserve it:

My fellow bloggers and I have reached some basic conclusions — about ourselves and about the work we do as unto the Lord.

We matter immensely. We realize that thousands of you await our daily reports of the latest outrages by the church we all love so very much. We work hard to provide those reports, even when the outrages are the standard fare of life in any mainline Protestant denomination, or have no clear relation to Anglicanism. We know that outrage prompts action — action that untold previous generations of Episcopalians lacked the backbone to take.

We are the new media. We do not report so much as loudly type near-transcripts during press conferences and upload PDFs of documents leaked by courageous bishops. We also offer our brilliantly snarky commentary whenever church leaders gather to make decisions. Our crucial importance as the new media is reaffirmed every time a bishop all but threatens disciplinary action against anyone who dares to read our blog.

We are courageous. While other self-styled conservatives think only of ways to preserve their positions of comfort, we show the fortitude to speak the truth in love. If we think you’re a heretic, we will not mince words. We are in your face, and the Lord Jesus would have it no other way.

We make people mad. This is one way we know we’re serving God faithfully. Our harsh critics may protest that we lack Christian charity, or that we presume too much about what motivates other people, but we know that’s because they lack adequate experience with hearing the truth spoken in love.

We love The Lord of the Rings, in case you hadn’t noticed, because it helps us make sense of our valorous resistance to the Episcopal Church and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We think that if J.R.R. Tolkien were aware of how much his work inspires us, he would take the longest drag off his pipe, smile like a contented hobbit, and then nod sagely and create interlocking smoke rings.

We remain Episcopalians, for the most part, but we consider it a scandal that other people will not discuss the moral imperative of leaving the Episcopal Church. They may call it ecclesiology, but we call it wimpishness. We know how very much has been accomplished over so many decades by people threatening to leave.

We see things more clearly than most other Episcopalians. We have, after all, been in this conflict for five long years. With such concentrated perseverance comes a wisdom that sees past the timid misgivings of those who have worked for Episcopal renewal for decades.

Nice one, Doug, nice one. Dang, my lips are chap chap…how about you, Mr. Leblanc?

1 Response to “Some day, some time, when you least expect it…”

  1. 1 Moishe3rd April 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    So, I Googled “Someday when you least expect it,” trying to remember what that was an actual quote from and – yours was the first hit I got.
    Apropos of your post – My late uncle was the Episcopalian bishop of Alabama and the Gulf Coast. He was one of the six clergymen that Martin Luther King was addressing in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”
    My brother changed his career path when he was about 50 years old and is now an Episcopalian minister in Milford, Massachusetts (he is solidly in line with current Episcopalian “doctrine”).
    I was a member of Bishop Spong’s diocese for a brief time back in the ’80’s. The members of our bible study group, which included our minister, used to refer to him as “the great Satan.”
    My great-grandfather was an Episcopalian minister in Balitmore and my family has been Episcopalian for many generations.

    And, I solved all of my theological problems with the Episcopalian church many years ago by becoming an Orthodox Jew.
    Hey, it works for me!

    But, I do still “feel your pain” and sadly shake my head at the state of affairs of the church.
    Good Luck!

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