Saturday, July 23, 2016
Lutherans and the ACNA. . .
Such bishops are not only compromised on the question of women's ordination but seem intent upon continuing the tenuous relationship of dioceses which do and those which do not ordain women.. I suspect that the hope of many Anglicans for a catholic resolution of this issue within the ACNA will be further dashed by this election and consent. Perhaps those Anglicans who hold to catholicity on this issue will be disappointed but it may well be that they have hoped for the impossible.
The experience we have had with the Latvian Lutherans shows that progress is slow and that it takes close to a generation to turn back the tide and stand with the unbroken practice of the Church prior to modern times. Still, though some may say it is time for Missouri to distance itself from the ACNA, if there is to be a change the ACNA needs the voice of Missouri now more than ever. Since we are not yet in fellowship, we have nothing to lose by continuing the conversation and everything to gain. Yet we can make a difference and help those within the ACNA to gain the courage and the wisdom to turn back the progress of modernity. Let us not be too quick to discharge this ecumenical conversation because not enough progress has been made. We talked with Lutherans who ordained women for years and years before finally slowing the dialogue due to lack of progress. Yes, it is a disappointment but if we are serious about the mission and the faith, we will continue to stand for the truth while speaking it in love to all who will listen.