Sunday, April 18, 2010

Opposite Approaches to Denominational Faith

I've been reading the viral approach to creating a denominational image from the United Church of Christ. Besides thinking it theologically appealing, it provides a frame of reference to measure how the Episcopal Church has chosen to be defined ... as opposed to defining itself. There is good grounds to claim that by our actions they will know us. But God is still speaking without regard to the UCC putting a trademark to that claim. God is still speaking in new ways to a new generation. God speaks on MSNBC and FOX and FaceBook and Twitter... and denying that will condemn us to fate of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer adherents... worship a false idol, fixed in time.

Yesterday the Episcopalians for Traditional Faith issued a request that everyone pray for "Our Country" using the following text. Seriously! You know that God doesn't really understand "Thee" means "You."

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-- The 1928 Book of Common Prayer, page 36

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