Choosing the better path
Conservative Anglicans love to crow about numbers (unless the numbers work against their narrative). We Episcopalians are told that we must be wrong, because the vast majority of the Anglican Communion have different views. The majority must be right, surely? Folks on the right — who claim to love the “plain meaning” of scripture — must know that Jesus does not call for a numbers game (see the Mad Priest’s illustration).
According to the scriptural view, in fact, the majority is probably wrong! Only a few people choose the narrow path. Does this mean that the Episcopal Church is clearly correct, precisely because it has rejected the preference of most of the archbishops of the Anglican Communion? Well, no, of course not. This isn’t about numbers.
Still, just for fun, let’s think about the numbers. Let’s suppose the conservatives are right. More is better. Presumably this means all the various archbishops are ready to convert to the Roman Catholic church. After all, there are more than a billion Roman Catholics, whereas there are only 80 million Anglicans. Then again, there are even more Muslims, perhaps almost 1.5 billion. If only the numbers matter…
Oh, one more thing. Just in case you haven’t been reading 7WD for long, I want to repeat a key point. Archbishops do not speak for all bishops, and bishops certainly do not speak for all lay people in their dioceses. In my experience, visiting a large number of provinces across the Anglican Communion, most Anglicans are unwilling to elevate disagreements over sexuality to primary importance. It’s only some bishops who make lots of noise on the subject.
When Mary Glasspool was consecrated, that quiet sound you heard was Anglicans throughout the world cheering for another victory of love over fear. The quieter sound was the gnashing of teeth. Didn’t hear it? It was a much softer sound.