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22 August 2004

God is here, God is now

From the Salty Vicar:

I do wish that more Episcopalians felt more anchored – the
conservatives do have it right that the church has given its flock very
little. We progressive Christians have to recognize that fact and start
offering the Gospel, with clarity, with confidence, the Gospel that God
is here, now.

And this:

…When reading [conservative] blogs, you’ll find a lot of ridicule about
“inclusion.” They will attempt to diminish the radical power of “love
thy neighbor.” They caricature the liberal understanding of love by
conflating it with the “anything goes” gospel….

But, ye liberals, if someone ridicules “inclusion” you may bring up
Samaritans; you may bring up the Moabites, and you may bring up the
rules of hospitality. I advise, however, not to play the game.

Instead remind them that we don’t worship inclusion. Instead, it is
simply a practical way of bringing people to God. Surely, God invites
us into his love. This is what we mean by inclusion.

“Inclusion” is a tactic. It is not a religion.

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