I am beginning to wonder how well I know the world of twitter, face book and blogging and concluding,’ not very well’. I thought that the idea of having a national record of Diocesan Synod reports concerning the debate on the Anglican covenant would be met with enthusiasm and vigour. It was, of course, by two people, so I am wrong it seems.
In the last 24 hours I have heard that a prominent lay member of a local church is not interested in the Anglican covenant because it won’t have any impact on the local church, so any hope of making inroads into her cerebral wonderland is lost forever and this otherwise sane woman won't be on her own in taking that stance.
To add to my malaise I have received further insights into the wicked workings of deputy Bishops being utterly insensitive, rude unsafe unchristian and indeed quite mad.
I could easily err on the side of desperation, and occasionally I do, but on the whole I don’t. The reason is simple. I believe in God and it is in God that I have faith and in God I trust. As a Catholic I have, in the past, had a high regard for the Church and particularly my own Church of England. Today I do not have that high regard, not in the ‘established and managed church’ sense.
I am learning that to love God does not mean giving blind obedience to the Church and certainly not to the management thereof. For me a change in perspective has happened and I am forced to reassess my understanding of God, and indeed my understanding, in part, of the nature of God and certainly His method of working in the world today.
The Anglican Covenant will go one way or another, the deplorable actions of management in the church will continue unrecorded though much talked about in Diocesan Houses and the like. I will read our Bible and reassess my relationship with God, my creator.