A message for synod on the day they debate women bishops.

sally women bishopsToday 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.

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3 thoughts on “A message for synod on the day they debate women bishops.”

  1. Secular passion or godly passion? Lets not make the Church of England a secular institution like the rest of Western Anglicanism. Also the Arminian versus Calvinist debate thrives in such… Man do you have any sense of God left in you to muster against this onslaught. Man why do you think women clergy all of a sudden is irresistible grace… and election?

    PTL

    1. Hi, and thanks for your comment. As you can see, the thrust of the post is not to open up divides that blatantly exist, but to encourage each other to act in love and grace to those we disagree with. This is especially important now that the debate has happened and the majority lost, as it were. How we disagree from now will be the mark of us.

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