More on Mission…

February 17, 2007

Integrity’s Rev. Caro Hall is in Tanzania, reporting on the events of the Primates meeting there.

From today’s report (Day 5) comes this perfect example of what I was referring to in my last post about mission:

The interaction between Chris Sugden and Mrs. Wangusa said a lot to me about the tension in the Anglican Communion. It isn’t really about lesbian and gay Christians and our full inclusion in the Church. It’s about priorities in mission; are we here primarily to help people find Jesus as their personal Savior, or are we here ‘to preach good news to the poor… to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor?’ It can’t really be an either/or, but if a person is starving the first priority is to feed them and let God take care of their souls. If a gay person is oppressed and discriminated against, preaching the good news includes lifting that burden.

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