Wednesday, June 14, 2006

ECUSA fiddles while Bible burns

At the Episcopal Convention in Columbus, they've already had a U2-charist, a communion service featuring the music of (although not the actual voices of) U2. Apparently it triggered

a joyous celebration in response to the Episcopal Church embracing the goals set forth by the United Nations: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, ensure environmental sustainability and create a global partnership for development.

Well, whoop-de-do. Yep, those are all good things, I guess. But pardon me for questioning whether the Episcopalians (of which I am one, at least for now) ought to be joyously rubber-stamping vague UN "goals." Did Christ say, "Go ye into all the world and achieve universal primary education"? For all I know, some of the bishops may think exactly that. You never can tell with Episcopalian bishops.

Dear God, how the ECUSA could use a good swift kick in the pants right about now. I doubt whether anyone will give it to them.


EMC said...

I knew someone would leave some kind of huffy tut-tut-tut message like this. I'm not questioning those values, I'm questioning the value of the ECUSA bothering to second some other group's vague but otherwise unobjectionable agenda. Is this all we have to offer? Amen-ing the UN?

Frankly, Kevin, I haven't noticed a high level of biblical literacy in the Episcopalian church, in view of the overall high levels of education in general. Perhaps your book will help. Enjoy the signing.

EMC said...

David, many thanks for the links. No, I'm not leaving, come what may. I just have to rant every now and then.