Tuesday, February 13, 2007
A Proverb for the Primates
The first bits of news to trickle in from the Primates meeting are fascinating in their predictability if not the speculation they inspire.
The Living Church is reporting that the Bishop of Pittsburgh apparently has had his laptop stolen from his hotel.
TLC is also reporting that the Archbishop of Nigeria wants the meeting agenda changed and Bp Sentamu and PB Jefferts Schori dumped.
The media are also reporting that "Uniformed security personnel, some equipped with police batons, cordoned off an entire wing of the White Sands Hotel and Resort on Monday. No one is allowed to enter the secure area without a red security badge issued by officials of the Anglican Consultative Council. Any time a primate leaves the secure area he or she is accompanied by either a uniformed security detail or staff members employed by the ACC."
Petty theft, armed guards, red security badges and an attempted hijacking of the agenda.
Quite an inauspicious way to begin an international gathering of Christian leaders. And most of them think people like me are an embarrassment to the church!
I'm reminded of Proverbs 6:16-19 Seven Things God Hates
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that hurry to run to evil,
a lying witness who testifies falsely,
and one who sows discord in a family.
So far, I figure they are five for six on the things God hates.
But, they have a perfect score on the abomination.
Pray without ceasing, brothers and sisters. Pray without ceasing.