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Kick ‘Em When They’re Down?
Over on Episcopoid, we found this item. Now, we can’t say if the posting there verges on cheery and gleeful, but it certainly lacks signs of Christly compassion or Christian character towards a fallen brother.
Why? Hell hath no fury like liberalism scorned. Thus, the vocally conservative Fr. Pascoe is “one of them” for rabid ECUSA-loyalist “Rev.” Nunley; not of our tribe. You, know: Good riddance. A-HA! Told ya: they’re all hypocrites! One down, a few thousand to go. And so on. We’ll note there was no such liberal grave-dancing when the current bishop of New Hampshire revealed his battles with alcoholism (and many conservatives called for prayer). Shame, Jan: shame.
This Is How You Do It
Over on Stand Firm, Sarah Hey– no doubt with a sorrowful heart– lays out a Christian response. Go read it. As she notes, in the recent events in Florida, Abp. Kolini has shown how to deal seriously with a Christian leader caught in sin.
After all, for morally and spiritually serious Christians, we’re all sinners. Saint Paul– in the mini-Gospel of his Letter to the Galatians– lays out in chapter 6 some medicine for the fallen Christian.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way
you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Amidst the two generations of conflict within the chaotic Episcopal Church is the sad fact that there is less and less Christ-like mercy and healing for sinners, and ever more temptation and lawlessness. Lots of cracks for folks to fall into; lots of stress and strain for faithful folk. Sin is the same, and human nature is the same, despite what the progressives in wonderland may wish.
So let us pray for one another, that our merciful Lord may indeed deliver us from temptation, especially in such a time beset with tests and trials– and when those called to be our brothers and sisters in the Lord even delight in our troubles, sufferings, and downfallings.
Such were the sufferings of Christ; tempted and yet without sin: so we have a merciful high priest and brother and saviour who seeks our restoration and strengthening, for the good of His Church, and our fellow Christians, according to his good will and purpose.
Pray for me, a sinner,
CaNN News Editor
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