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CaNN Commentary
February 14, 2007, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Anglican Crisis

News later. But you knew that.


Benchwarmers To The Rescue

Monday on this video report [3:03], Stand Firmian warrior princess Sarah Hey said: “People of character aways show up on the playing field, dressed up, and ready to play– even if there’s going to be hardship or a defeat.. I think that’s what Bishop Minns, and David Anderson and Chris Sugden have done, and I’m really proud of them.” Amen.

People of character always show up: they are moved by the Holy Spirit and the needs of the moment to do the right thing.

In the Bible, we read of the Good Shepherd and Bishop of our souls:

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” [St. Mark 6:34]

Sheep without a shepherd wander around or away; in the face of danger they panic and bash into one another; there is nobody to lead them all to safety, pasture, or water. Lunch on the hoof.

Sad To Say

Sadly in the current crisis, some designated shepherds are working for the wolves; some are daydreaming in the grass; some are preening and strutting about, reciting their credentials; still others are planning on paving the pasture. A number are sharpening their knives and looking hungrily at the weaker or the traditionally-minded sheep. Of course, some are faithfully struggling to do what God and His Church has set them apart to do.

The Lord says to his people:

” ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD :
As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD,
because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered
and has become food for all the wild animals,
and because my shepherds did not search for my flock
but cared for themselves rather than for my flock,
therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD :
This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock.
I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds
can no longer feed themselves.
I will rescue my flock from their mouths,
and it will no longer be food for them.’ “
[Ez. 34:7-10]

Stepping Up

So Christ the Son of God has saved us; and God does not leave himself without a witness– just as the Patriarch St. John Chrysostom had to step up and step into messy church battles in other dioceses, so some Anglican bishops are trying to live in our anomalous situation and find their way forward to guide and help the flock, and the wider Anglican Church.

Behind them, faithful priests and church leaders are being called and equipped to do the job which others– who are supposed to be doing that work– have neglected. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”

Behind them, ordinary heroes like bloggers and parish laypeople are showing up on the playing field, dressed up and read to play– reporting and truth-digging where official church news organs are committed to dribs and drabs of propaganda, status quo and group think.

Here at CaNN, we’re humbled and honoured to be in such a glad company of heroes as the Anglican blogosphere, the suffering classical Anglicans in the West, our brothers and sisters in the Global South– and even the faithful folk in other churches who wish us well and know that we are fighting– however poorly, sinfully, and pridefully– a front-line battle in the culture war for the heart of Western Christian civilization itself.

A Warning

The progressitopians of ECUSA and elsewhere do have a point when they warn that such free-range behaviour can be problematic– mind you, they have institutional power and wealth and the revolution to protect. Any of us when exposed to power, opportunity, or need may be tempted by power-hungryness, giddy pride, and a lawless spirit taking advantage of the chaos– making a bad situation worse.

We pray that Almighty God who rules the hearts of men will particularly guide those called to fill in where others have failed or betrayed their calling, and that the folly of good intentions will not ruin the good things that may come of current meetings and discussions.

For our God is faithful, and he blesses those who honour his name: the next few days will be critical and decisive.

O Lord, hear our prayer:
And let our cry come unto thee.

CaNN News Editor

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