Sunday, May 16, 2010

Episcopal Consecration Of A Lesbian Confirms Its Boldness

It is excellent indeed that the Episcopal Church of America has taken a further step of confirming that the consecration of Gene Robinson in 2003 was not a mistake but a rational and sincere just action. That act in 2003, although considered damaging in the public eye, has rather strengthened the Anglicanism brand and put it in a stage of its own.

The consecration of Mary Glasspool, an openly lesbian woman as the Suffragan Bishop of Los Angeles diocese, must be very welcomed among LGBT people of faith; but also to those who do not believe. Because being gay is not a thing of faith or tradition, it is a natural thing and which no human can take blame or glory. Gay people are found in all walks of life and in every clan, culture, race, nation, creed, etc. Hence, we advocate for fair and inclusive treatment, not just tolerance.
The Episcopal Church’s rationality of not making sex or sexuality a pre-requisite for respect is the most Christ-like thing anyone could do. In the scripture, Christ was blatantly faced with judging a woman based on sex in John 8 verses 3 – 11. But the man many people claim to be like today did was not judge but a simple rational approach was: “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)” challenging the accusers to act if they feel sinless.

It continues to be amazing how the likes of Archbishop of Canterbury and former Archbishop of Nigeria can judge and deny people to offer their heart-felt service just because they are gay. However, there is no prove that gay people have been shut out of the fairy kingdom of God, nor is there evidence that all inhabitants of it are heterosexual or have sex at all, etc.

The consecration of Ms. Glasspool is encouraging and assures the LGBT community of onward movement towards equality although that movement seems slower than a waiting snail.

The Anglican Church too is the best for it although it seems damaging but this church has gone farther than any other towards the way they see things now. Fair enough, there are still those amongst them opposing fairness and inclusivity, yet, it has opened a new vista for the church and many within their membership to begin to see homosexuality from a broader perspective. The argument will continue, but like the debate about women priesthood, everyone will get over in the near future and come to understand that everyone should be equal in the eyes of their God... at least, their Bible advocated that.

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