Want to know why the Episcopal church is dying?
The Episcopal church in America is dying and it’s reasonable to think this is because its church leaders have found for themselves the freedom to ignore the Bible. The Episcopal church, writ large, seems to prefer to follow the human heart which hardly holds the same power or truth.
“Buffet Christianity,” being able to pick and choose which parts of the Bible one likes, is not the same as systematic theology, that is, considering what the whole of the Bible says.
And on Easter, that’s why Episcopalian parishioners get pathetic political theater co-mingled with a message of God’s love—and it would seem, pointedly ignoring God’s holiness—from Rev. Luis Leon of Saint John’s [Episcopal] Church. Saint John’s is the self-proclaimed Washington DC church known as “The Church of Presidents,” and in this case, among the attendees was one Barack Obama:
The sermon by Rev. Dr. Luis Leon at St. John’s Church was based on the Gospel of John and the resurrection of Jesus. Leon said Jesus told Mary not to hold on to the past — “You cannot go back” — and the reverend said the religious right should focus on “the way things can be in the now.”
“It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back … for blacks to be back in the back of the bus … for women to be back in the kitchen … for immigrants to be on their side of the border,” Leon said. He said the message of Easter was about the “proclamation of victory, the victory of powerful love over loveless power.”
I would agree Easter is about the victory of powerful love, but can the rest of the quote be parsed out?
“Back of the bus?” “Back in the kitchen?” Exactly which “captains of the religious right”—be specific and name names—are calling for such things? (And while you’re at it, Rev. Leon, define “captains” and “religious right.”)
And as circumstances regards immigrants, Rev. Leon, is it too much to ask them to comply with the law?
Is it possible Rev. Leon tailored his message for the itchy ears of his audience, which on this day, just happened to include the President?
When political theater rules in a church in lieu of Biblical orthodoxy, bad things happen.