Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Archbishop Rowan Williams
In a suprising (to me anyway) Archbishop Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) has restated his understanding of homosexuality in the church. The Telegraph reported the changes today. Basically, if I understand to situation correctly, the Archbishop is contending that homosexuals are welcome in the church, but a practicing lifestyle is incompatible with the church's doctrine. This makes sense if homosexuality is viewed as a sin, which the Anglican Church (or at least the conservative elements) contends is the truth. The church in its proper role should always welcome sinners (after all, we are all sinners); but try to help people live the life of Christ, to which, unrepentant sin is incompatible. We should not distinguish one sin from another. In this light, all sins are equal; adultery, violence, alcoholism are some things that some of us are tempted with on a regular basis. It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to give in to that temptation. Let me know what you think.