Friday, April 13, 2007
Canon Jenö Kohner (Montréal) writes about the proposed covenant
I am opposed to an "Anglican Covenant", mainly because I fear we will be imprisoned to some biblical texts written centuries ago. I see the Church, when it is at its best, as a Spirit driven community. It is the Spirit who points out injustices, and motivates the Church to act even though these acts may be against Scripture (slavery, women etc.). I see a covenantal Church as being a church imprisoned. The Spirit respects our contexts, dry texts do not. The Spirit in a sense replaces the ethical prophets of the 8th Century Israel , and drives us to recognize that the "powerful" conspire against the poor and powerless. The whole point of Jesus proclaiming and representing the Kingdom of God is to tell us that there is something of God happening, that indeed the powerless are liberated, and the powerful are in fact "naked". "He has put down the mighty from their seats". The Covenant would bind us and negate any witness we had to 21st Century people with all their needs and cries for help. Just look at Archbishop Peter Akinola and his fight against gays and lesbians in Nigeria.