Four Reasons why I’m not fazed by General Convention

Posted: July 16, 2009 by limabean03 in Anglican Communion, Thought and Practice in the Diocese of South Carolina

I have been receiving a lot of e-mails, phone calls, and unexpected drop -ins asking me what I think about General Convention.  It seems that there is a high level of anxiety out there and I thought it might be worth my time to tell you why I’m not concerned nor anxious over the events at General Convention. 

  1. I’m not concerned nor anxious about General Convention because I know that Jesus reigns.  One day, says the Apostle Paul, “every knee will bow, in heaven, in earth, and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Phil 2.10-11).  I am totally convinced that our General Convention has neither caught the Lord by surprise nor has it somehow defeated him.  He is in control and can even work through events such as General Convention (Acts 4.27-28).  So knowing that God is working all things to his glory and that nothing can usurp his purposes I’m not overly concerned.
  2. I’m not concerned nor anxious about General Convention because I’ve been reading my Bible.  Jesus, quoting Deuteronomy 8.3 said “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”  Those of you who have been pouring over StandFirm and KendallHarmon I bet are pretty anxious!  But, I’ve been reading my Bible.  Jesus says that if I read his Bible and feast on his word then I will live.  He has offered no such promise to those of you “feasting” on news from General Convention.  No wonder you feel sick.
  3. I’m not concerned nor anxious about General Convention because I’ve been praying.  In Mark 9.2 we read “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them.”  This is what Jesus does when we pray.  He “leads us up the mountain” and into the presence of the Father, where we behold the glory of the Son and have sweet communion with the Father and Holy Spirit.  How could anything make us anxious or concerned?  It doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen, it means that the grace of being with the Trinity in prayer is a joy that trumps everything in this life.
  4. I’m not concerned nor anxious about General Convention because Scripture has forewarned us that such things would happen.  Paul said to the church in Ephesus “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.  I know that after my departure  fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them” (Acts 20.28-30).  If God told us that people would rise up from among us speaking twisted thing why then do we whine as cry as if we were not told this would come to pass?  Whining and crying and being upset gets us nowhere.  If you want to do something constructive go read your Bible, pray to God and share the Gospel with someone. 

So all in all I’m feeling o.k. about things.  There will come a time when we assess the events of the past ten days and discern how they affect us here at Trinity.  But for the time being I would rather we commit ourselves to God’s word, to spending time in prayer, and to sharing the Gospel.  Everything else is such a distant concern to me at the moment that I hardly find it worth discussing.

Comments
  1. Tregonsee says:

    Admittedly your reasons are waaay better than mine, but being in ACNA rather than TEC does provide a high level of consolation.

  2. Amy says:

    While it is eternally true and immortally comforting that all four of your points are indeed fact. It is also true that the unity of the church and the righteousness of His people are deeply important to God, and any turning towards being stiffnecked and defiant Grieves the Holy Spirit. Many of us expressing sorrow do so in response to this Grief. That God knows, exceeds and even forgives doesn’t make it any less painful.

    2 Timothy 4:1-3 (New International Version

    1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

  3. Usama says:

    18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
    …21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
    … 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen

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