Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Statement of the Sudanese Bishops to the Lambeth Conference

In view of the present tensions and divisions within the Anglican Communion, and out of deep concern for the unity of the Church, we consider it important to express clearly the position of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) concerning human sexuality.

We believe that God created humankind in his own image; male and female he created them for the continuation of humankind on earth. Women and men were created as God’s agents and stewards on earth We believe that human sexuality is God’s gift to human beings which is rightly ordered only when expressed within the life-long commitment of marriage between one man and one woman. We require all those in the ministry of the Church to live according to this standard and cannot accept church leaders whose practice is contrary to this.
Read it all here...

This from Christians in the Sudan, far from the comforts we have in North America, and undergoing persecution we could never imagine. Here is an exerpt from Voice of the Martyrs on the situation in Sudan,

Using money from the oil industry developed by western companies, the government purchased weapons in increasing number and sophistication to use against the southern people. Government forces and militia have destroyed entire villages, as well as attacking hospitals and relief organizations trying to meet the needs of the people. Women have been frequently raped and children sold into slavery.

Sudan’s casualties as a result of Khartoum’s war against its own people number in the millions. Because of the war, famine has also plagued the country.

While the conflict was officially about control of land and wealth, it had a strong religious factor in that the government of Khartoum was strongly Islamic and the people of the south were predominantly Christian or animist. The Muslim government declared a jihad against the people of the south. Churches and Christian relief agencies were specifically targeted for attack.

In May 2003, an Anglican pastor in Khartoum meeting the needs of refugees from southern Sudan was ordered to destroy the chapel he had built out of straw. He was sent to prison indefinitely until he agreed to destroy the church.

And yet the more "progressive" North Americans, with their suburban homes and their comfortable cars will happily ignore the pleas of the "backward" African churches and self-righteously press on with their agenda to "modernize" the Christianity for which others are dying, to conform to their own whims and desires.

You can be sure that the plans are already set in motion. I believe you will see the Canadian dioceses of Huron, Niagara, Ottawa and Montreal, later this summer or in the fall, procede apace with the blessing of same-sex unions. I may be cynical, but I believe they are merely (and very dishonestly) waiting to get Lambeth, "out of the way," for the road ahead to be wide open for what they already know they are going to do.

I would love to be wrong, but...

Take Care

h/t: Anglican Essentials Blog

1 comment:

jen g said...

but... you've only EVER been wrong when it came to long and short vowels right??? HEHEHE!!!