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It's a Church in Chaos

But you can't judge all Episcopalians by some.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
April 16, 2004

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It's a Church in Chaos_Greg Asimakoupoulos-But You Can't Judge All Episcopalians by Some He is E-pis-co-pal-ian
which means he thinks that gay folks can
be called to serve as parish priests
in spite of what God says.

He's all about the right to choose.
The culture shapes his left-wing views.
The unborn's voice cannot be heard
by one who's deaf to truth.

The Bible, he would quickly say,
is not applicable today.
It’s rather just a dusty source
of what men once believed.

He owns the Book of Common Prayer
which really isn’t all that rare.
But ask him how he uses it
and he’ll say “Poetry!”

He says the sacraments are signs,
but doubts the water, bread and wine
are really all that big a deal
since Easter’s just a myth.

He is E-pis-co-pal-ian
But don’t judge all who are by him.
This grand old Church of Presidents
has millions who believe.

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Michael H. Thomson from Merritt Island, Florida writes:
April 16, 2004
As an Episcopalian - with conservative views - your article is as much of a slap as when my father, a Roman Catholic, fifty years ago - had to put up with criticism, from my mother's Missionary Baptist relatives, who said RC's were the spawn of the devil. Besides - alluding to your sub-title, since when are Christians in the judgement business?

James Buerge from Tagish, Yukon Canada writes:
April 19, 2004
Your pros are well taken and always well conveyed. Bibical truth cannot be heard by those who embrace another gospel. Do not be dismayed with those of the liberal persuasion. But continue to speak your heart, the darkness to dispel.

Artur Adamov from Tashkent, Uzbekistan writes:
April 20, 2004
Bravo! I am in solidarity with comrade Buerge's comments - formed as they are by constant association with mule deer and living in darkness six months of each year!!

vela from Chicago, IL writes:
May 4, 2004
Although we lead a different life

With different gender for husband or wife

It's interesting to see whose bag

Is waving an I'm more moral flag.

The Leviticus defense is quite good

Therefore all good Christians should

Not feel free to pick and choose

The parts of Leviticus they wish to use.

So in this Sunday's worship service

We will be inviting an extremely nervous

Sheep, and stoking up the fire

Burn him on a holy pyre

All of those who will be tithing

And who in sorry sin are writhing

Bring offering! Burnt, grain or sin

Even fellowship offering for kithe and kin

Our adult Sunday school will learn

The how and when of what to burn

Oh yes! And no more eating ham

Or any pork. No hotdogs, no Spam.

A short film in the parlors seen

Will teach all about clean and unclean

With Leviticus to show the way.

None of you had better stray!

The Execs at Enron will come out

And finally relieve us of this drought

Of remorse by paying back employees

And shareholders, too, if you please

All the cash they took 'em for

And, after that, one fifth more

They'll offer up a ram to God

For worshiping money instead of Lord

There's much, much more we need to learn

Since to Leviticus we turn

Demand your Congress read it all

So they can answer to God's call.

Wait! You're not ready to live the way

Called from Leviticus where you slay

fowl and furry creatures? We're in a bind!

If to judge others we are so inclined.

So be careful before those judgements fly

Examine the speck in your own eye

Hypocrisy is a dangerous thing

If we want the Savior's ultimate blessing.

Love your neighbor as yourself, the call

of Christ in Matthew is nothing small.

His lessons in Matthew are very clear

To put Leviticus in its place and adhere

As Christians to His words of grace

Others in love we must embrace

And then put hypocrisy behind

To the Gospels we must align.

Don't look to politics for salvation,

Show more compassion to help your nation.

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