The Gospel of fear
Pat Robertson. Peter Akinola. The Bishop of the Diocese of Central Florida. Many in my parish, and other parishes around.
All "Orthodox." All "traditional." Not all are as hateful in their comments as Pat Robertson.
The Bishop, when he made his visitation to my parish recently, made a strong effort to appear center of the road, although he used AAC/ANC rhetoric like, "If the Episcopal Church decides to walk alone..." His take on the Windsor Report is that it's intent was to rebuke the revisionist Episcopal Church and make it behave -- not, apparently, to find a path to reconciliation.
He tried to walk a tight rope, not committing to staying or going. He intimated that some parishes may join AMiA.
If you allow homosexuality, he said, the next thing you know, you'll have polygamy and bestiality.
Well, then, I guess we'd better not have any sexuality at all. If you have heterosexuality, that opens the door to homosexuality and the path straight to hell. Paul had it right -- we should abstain from relationships and wait to be beamed up in the rapture.
Do they fear loss of control, that the people around them will run amuck, fornicating and otherwise sinning, if they don't keep a short leash on them?
Are they afraid they themselves will run amuck? What secret lusts lie in their hearts?
Are they afraid they will lose their own faith if aspects of it are questioned, if they have to examine it?
I wonder how afraid they really are.
That doesn't mean the Pat Robertsons and the Peter Akinolas aren't dangerous. They are. They want political and spiritual control of people's lives. They harden prejudice and incite discrimination, leading to harm of gays, women, anyone who thinks differently and anyone else they consider lesser beings.
I'm praying our Episcopal Church leaders will have the sense to stay away from their mentality.