Based on everything I am currently reading and what I experienced firsthand in that Church in the past, my answer to this question is a forceful, “No!” Perhaps the last nail in the coffin of that once-vibrant Christian church came as no surprise to many of us when M. Thomas Shaw, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, kicked off the new year of 2011 by performing a lesbian marriage ceremony at St. Paul’s cathedral in Boston. Two “priestesses” of the church, Katherine Hancock Ragsdale (dean and president of Episcopal Divinity School, no less) and Mally Lloyd (canon to the Ordinary at St. Paul’s) were united in homosexual bliss in the presence of 400 guests. The whole debate of homosexuality has deteriorated into an emotional argument on equality with total disregard to God’s created order that marriage should be between one man and one woman.
Over the weekend, our nation was shocked and horrified by yet another senseless shooting. This time it was in Tucson, Arizona where an attack on a fine congresswoman left her hovering between life and death. Six others were killed and many more were injured. Among the dead are a Federal Judge and a beautiful nine-year-old girl. Anyone who was not moved to tears by these horrific acts has surely lost their senses.
The religion of “peace” just sent out another “peaceful” message of carnage and bloodshed outside of a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, Egypt shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day. As news emerged from that sorrowful situation, the media reported 21 people killed and at least 80 more injured.
“Happy New Year!” If you are like me, you are tired of hearing these words by now. Do not misunderstand me; I am not against being happy in the New Year. In fact, I believe every breath and each new day is a gift from God and a reason to be happy –not just the New Year. What makes a year a happy one is based on who we plan to serve in the New Year—God or ourselves.