Today is the beginning of what may be the final debate in General Synod over the creation of women bishops. There are many that at passionate on both sides of the argument, and many who are godly Christian people who hold fast to either view. The Church of England prides itself on being a broad church with a diverse spectrum of theological beliefs.
But this is clearly an issue that divides, and lines in the sand have been drawn in the Media and social media over the last few months. This morning I saw a tweet with the message, pray for your enemies. Enemies, we are not (or at least, we shouldn’t be), but fellow Christians travelling on a journey of faith and seeking to make Christ known to others.
So, on that note, these verses are particularly apt and remind us of the centrality of Christ in all of this. We are all on the same side.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:2-6 NIV)
Pray for God’s will to be done this week at synod, whatever that may be, so we can continue proclaiming Jesus as Lord over a lost world.