GAFCONmakes fewer ripples
The Global Anglican Future Conference, otherwise known as GAFCON, has come and gone without making the blindest bit of difference to the average Anglican.
I have become much less confident in the ability of all these proliferating acronyms and movements to do anything to steady the course of the Anglican Communion, mainly because it seems to me that it is already broken and fragmented. The last thing we now need is further proliferation and where I agree with GAFCON is that this must be based on orthodoxy rather than heterodoxy.
I believe that the GAFCON approach is undermining the small measure of unity that remains in the Anglican Communion rather than enhancing it.
Furthermore, the movement is hindering the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who I firmly believe, has to be given a chance to play his part in restoring the health of the Communion. The GAFCON approach is overly judgemental and therefore hypocritical.
There is much criticism of developments in western democracies such as ‘gay marriage’ but silence about the reprehensible and renewed breaching of the rights of sexual minorities in parts of the Middle East and Africa.
While I wholly share its view on gay marriage, it is utterly indefensible for a movement like this to tolerate criminalisation and victimisation of homosexuals – something that thankfully we, in the UK, left behind with Wolfenden in the 1960s.
Sadly, some of the Primates of GAFCON have supported new laws making the life of homosexuals in countries like Nigeria and Uganda absolutely intolerable and dangerous.
Just as I believe we must support persecuted Christians so we must stand alongside all those who face oppression. That includes those who we may sometimes disagree with.