Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Churchly Quality Control XIV: No good deed goes unpunished.

If you have the clarity and courage to exercise CQC, more commonly known as church discipline, be prepared to catch some flack. Paul did when he tried to get the church at Corinth in line.

And now the Primates are for their quite patient discipline of the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada. One piece from the Guardian compares the Primates to Nazis while one from Australia blames “Global South bullies” and “shadowy” right-wingers.

Yes, liberals, you better look for us shadowy right-wingers under your beds. We’re going to bully you.

And that’s not to mention all the usual accusations of bigotry, homophobia, intolerance, blah blah blah being thrown about.

In any case, if you engage in any serious church discipline, be prepared for nastiness to ensue. Because some people won’t like it – and they won’t hesitate to impugn your motives.

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