Brain Bush’s Blog

Bishops in Jerusalem

  • By : Brian Bush
  • June 24, 2008
  • 3:27 pm

Good Day Everybody!

Now Chuck Freeby asked me yesterday what I would write today, and I told him that I may do an update on the truce in Gaza. Sadly we had a couple of mortars fired into Israel from Gaza and the Israeli Defense Forces killed two Palestinian militants – so the truce is in fact very fragile today but officially still holding (at the time of this posting).

But what has caught my eye here in Jerusalem that I would like to share with you are the 300 Anglican Bishops from all over the world present here in the holy city. You may have heard that the Anglican Communion worldwide is in a bit of a mess over the American Dioceses ordination of gay men and women in their church hierarchy.

The Bishops who are here are more traditionally oriented, and have as their leader an African Bishop who upholds a more fundamental view than what has been described as the liberal Church leaders of the West.

Why are they here? To do exactly what our LeSEA tour group has just finished doing – and that's to walk where Jesus walked! They have assembled together to discuss the major issues facing their church while they learn from the environment that Jesus lived in.

Over the millennia this has happened before, where church leaders met in Jerusalem to hammer out their differences… to understand what the mind of God is on matters. There is something about this setting here – so precious as it is – that inspires us seek God's face in the question at hand.

The other aim of the Anglican clergy is to pray. This too is a must – anywhere we live in the world. But again in this land there's something special… it's where Jesus lifted up His voice and asked His Father to glorify His Name, where He indeed taught His disciples how to Pray, where He prayed “Not My will, but Yours be done”, and said as the Messiah the ultimate petition: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.

It isn't so much that this geographic area has more spiritual importance – although I certainly would not argue the point either way, but that we as created beings, who have inherited sin from The Fall, need tangible things to inspire us. This perhaps demonstrates how far the human race has gotten away from 'the spirit' of the Garden of Eden.

But whatever the challenge in our lives or in the life of or church or denomination – Halleluiah! God is faithful to here our cry of need and answer us wherever we are. He is faithful and just – and never leaves us abandoned to our own demise… all because of his great love, as was demonstrated upon a cross (not far from where I am right now) here in Jerusalem.

Thank you Lord,

And thank you friends for checking into my blog today.

Brian

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