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The NonJuror asks THE, Question

19 May 2010

It’s the question that all orthodox Anglicans ask ourselves at one point or another.  Heck, there are some weeks that I ask myself this question, once a day. 

From here.  I’ve excerpted the question and the answer, but what goes on in-between is fascinating.  So, hie thee hence and read the whole important piece. 

With the now completed consecration of the latest unrepentant individual to the episcopacy in The Episcopal Church, I have had to answer a serious question asked of me leading up to it and in its wake. That question is, “why haven’t you left, and when will you?” ..

And then there’s this gem:

From an outsider’s perspective, [people in the ACNA] seem to be really united by what they are against, than what they are for. ..

(BTW – I’ve heard that as an inside perspective! ). 

NJ continues:

Although, I can come up with arguments pro and con a move, I cannot disregard the continued refrain I hear in my prayers. I could choose to leave, and it might be best for me. However, I am continually reminded that I have been called to serve as a shepherd to a particular congregation at this time. I cannot, in good conscience, quit my post and leave these folk to the wolves. There may be a time when God will call me from this sheepfold, but until that time there are souls in need of the saving grace of Jesus Christ that I have been called to serve. ..

I agree completely.  I do not see all of the same dividing lines as my brother NonJuror, nor do I believe that I could swim the Bosporus (let alone the Tiber), but I do see my role in this portion of history similarly.  God has put me here for a reason.  As for my generation and my child’s generation, I believe that we have been called to live in a time of judgement, to bear up, clean up, and to rebuild. 

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
– Heb 12:3  (ESV)

Folks (and here, I’m talking to my brothers and sisters), no matter where you are in Anglicanism, I cannot overstate this:  It’s going to be long and messy.  And that’s only if the Lord tarries.  I shudder to contemplate the messiness if He does not tarry. 

– Elder

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