We here at “Context” have been looking again at the Gretta Vosper phenomenon, especially the “church refuses to defrock aggressive atheist” oddity that has garnered a lot of attention in the secular media as well.
The United Church has taken a hit on this story, to be sure. But the main problem of the Christian Church in Canada isn’t here. It isn’t that Christians don’t mean what we say. It’s that we all too often do.
Child-molesting priests can and should be protected “for the sake of the church.”
Philandering preachers can and should be quickly investigated and then reinstated in the name of “forgiveness” and “grace.”
Other people’s religions are to be written off as simply wrong, ideally to be replaced entirely by ours.
Women aren’t fit to lead our churches or to share leadership in our homes.
And sexually diverse people are wicked and need to straighten up (so to speak) before we will treat them civilly.
Just as bad, however, and perhaps even worse, is that we also mean what we don’t say.
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