Scenes from GAFCON
BabyBlue has created a video of GAFCON scenes. Ann sent it to me, and I encourage you to watch it.
In the Interwebs it’s easy to demonize those with whom we differ. I’ve used the term “gaffe-con” in good fun, I hope. But I recently received a thought-provoking email from a friend gently reminding me that one person’s fun is another’s derision. In our struggle for unity, if we are take it seriously, we must decide how to treat one another, especially those who differ from us.
My sense is that there’s not enough humor in all our dealings, so I seek here at 7WD to be respectful (if cheeky at times). While I poke fun at “unwanted posters”, I’m also willing to poke fun at MDGs on the wall behind Eucharistic altars where Creeds and prayers were once written. In other words, while I dish it out, I try to receive it nicely. Perhaps we all cross some lines at times, and I hope that this will be pointed out. For myself, I hope to be gracious and to stay on the loving side of the humor/derision line.
This video is quite helpful, because it reminds us all that GAFCON is people. Readers may not agree with them, but they are children of God, seeking Christ’s mind in the church. It may be objected that “they” do not always show the same respect to “us.” Perhaps. But we cannot let the sometimes bad behavior of a few people set the tone for all of us, no matter who those few people are. We are all sinners, just as we are also redeemed in Christ our Lord.
So let us more often take stock of who we are. Let us look at our whole church, and give thanks for the life of the spirit wherever it is found. And let us not forget that the church is made up of people, imperfect as they are — imperfect as we are. Thanks for the video, BabyBlue. It’s good to be reminded that GAFCON is full of beautiful people made in God’s image.