We are coming to a time now – or rather are already there – when all the wishy-washiness of the political world and the falling away in society must be counterbalanced by the voice of the Church.
This post is not about whether the Church is needed or not or about gay marriage or whether there is a G-d or any of those things – it’s about a strong countervoice, firmly putting the gospel line. As one commenter at the Telegraph said:
Given the state of the world today, the Church has a moral dilemma. How best to tackle the excesses and wickedness inherent in the ruling classes in western “democracy”.
I believe that though non believers who would violently disagree with the gospels, you know – love thy neighbour, let not the sun go down on your wrath, the parable of the good samaritan etc., which for some inexplicable reason the rationalists seem so against – I believe that these people would still respect a firm Church with a consistent line, in counterpoint to all the Red Eds and Camerons and Cleggovers etc. for whom u-turns are their daily fare.
The Church’s N1 directive is to bring people to the Word so that they can be redeemed, according to the gospel narrative. Again, it’s irrelevant whether you believe in that or not – the point is that that is its job – putting the Word. In other words, the organization needs to be fit for purpose.
The Church’s N2 directive is to offer succour, respite, a listening ear, all the things people are looking for now that society is disintegrating and can’t get any joy from the Statists or any compassion from the godless. The Church needs to resume its role of the caring ministry it once was – hospices, food for the poor, counselling etc. etc.
It MUST have a strong man in the shepherd’s role who will bend neither to the UN, the EU, nor all the other global socialists, the Statists, the lowlifes – it should simply follow the written Word, whatever you might personally think of that Word.
Simples. That’s all it takes. As others have commented today:
# The only churches that are putting on numbers have a strong evangelical element … and the church needs a wolf [not a caretaker or someone close to the establishment].
# The CofE does not need re imagining, it needs to go back to using the King James Bible and ditch the happy clappy rubbish which, as far as I am concerned is a major deterrent to attending a service. Williams has been a disaster.
# The tide of ‘fashion’, ‘modernity’, ‘crises’ and politicians waxes and wanes, and should find the ‘rock’ of the Anglican Church entirely resistant. Who will ensure that is the case? He should be chosen.
# Under Rowan Williams, among others, the CoE, at the top, has come to be seen by many as the third member of an unholy trinity of which the first two are the Guardian and the BBC – an impression recently reinforced by its unequivocal support of the UK’s completely unreconstructed membership of the EU. This is guaranteed to alienate at least 50% of the general public and, I suspect, an even larger proportion of churchgoers.
And always remember:
# Jesus wasn’t crucified because he went about saving individual souls* but because he spoke out against the injustices of the political system of the time and upset the Romans and their proxy administration made up of the Chief Priests and elders.
This is what the new Archbishop of Canterbury MUST do. No caretakers, no reformers, no trying to be relevant, just putting the Word in a caring, approachable, incorruptible manner and others can decide whether they accept that or reject it.
You don’t have to be a Christian to admire someone who will stick to his guns and not sell out.
* Actually, there’s a strong metaphysical case that He was crucified for that but the other reason also holds true.