Thursday, December 14, 2006

Up the Status Quo?

Here, here and here.

I'm not sure what to make of these results. My previous blogs on this issue illustrate how history makes fools of us all. The outcome appears to be a victory for Forward Together. Many of my leaders, colleagues and friends support Forward Together. Its basis of faith is something I could sign.

But I'm still concerned. The majority of presbyteries voting against the report in question is not a surprise. But the totals for individual votes cast suggest a 2 to 1 majority.

This worries me. I don't believe that there is a 2 to 1 majority of evangelical Christians in the total number of presbytery members. And, I don't care for a 'conservative moral message' as much as I long for a radical gospel message to influence church practice. The problem with the Church of Scotland is that for the last 100 years it has held on to a 'conservative moral message' with one hand, while holding a liberal anaemic gospel in the other.

What remains is the status quo, which, the report argued, was liberty of conscience for ministers. Hmm...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Think you hit the nail on the head here friend...this is indeed the heart of the matter - why is it easier to expend our time and energy ensuring that the Church clings to an 'outdated' moral message, than to preach a radical Gospel? I hate the triumphalism around all this - what have we achieved here...nothing at all, we certainly haven't communicated Christ (ooops didn't I promise not to rant anymore...I was working at being fluffy)

PS I am still anonymous... I can't even be 'other...what is that about?

David Shedden said...

Slight correction to my post - the figures point to a 3:2 majority. I don't think this represents evangelical/non-evangelical groupings in the church. I suspect evangelicals are closer to 50% of the leadership.

Simon Varwell said...

And there was me expecting a post about the band Status Quo...