A BOXING MATCH OF DECREASING RELEVANCE

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Unity is not the same as inclusiveness, at least in the church arena.

Consider what’s happening in the Anglican Communion. While affirming that gays and lesbians are loved by God, the world-wide denomination continues to oppose gay marriage for fear of splitting the church.

Over the past 14 years, Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans Cathedral, has been nominated for the role of Bishop seven times because of his preaching and leadership skills. In each case he has been rejected. Why? Because he is a gay clergyman who supports gay marriage.

Here’s My Take: Watching the Anglican Communion fight over the issue of gay marriage is like watching two aging boxers slug it out in a match of decreasing relevance, at least in the U.S. and England.

It no longer matters who wins since most people, particularly those under the age of 50, have vacated the arena.

In the serial rejection of Rev. John, God’s inclusive love continues to take belly punches in the name of church unity.

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