As I watch our leaders stumble and fumble, I find I am increasingly taking comfort in the spiritual realm. After all, the way things are going, Divine Mercy is all we have left.
However, there is a great deal of humor to be found these days in the study of religion and nowhere can one get more laughs than by looking at the current state of the Anglican church in America.
Long-time readers recall moments of classic comedy such as the Anglican priestess who also claimed to be Muslim and the former Archbishop of Canterbury who signed off on Sharia law.
Just when we needed it, the American Anglicans have yet again given us a good laugh.
Earlier this week, the global Anglican Communion (which serves as the official body of all the various national affiliates of the Church of England) handed down a three-year suspension on their American branch, the Episcopal Church.
The issue? The Episcopal embrace of same-sex marriage as a sacrament. While the progressivel Anglican kids in America think this is totally cool, their overseas brethren can't find any scriptural basis for it and are demanding that this heresy stop. The three-year suspension is a warning that unless changes are made, they will be excommunicated.
Naturally the Episcopalians are proudly defiant.
I've said before that we are living through the twilight of the old Mainline Protestant denominations. They've basically become MoveOn.org at prayer.
People are of course free to believe whatever they want, but there is an inherent contradiction between believing that God is really okay with just about anything you do and then expecting people to sit in the pews and donate money. I mean, if one is already saved, why not sleep in on Sunday?
Moreover, this drive to be fresh and hip isn't actually bringing new people into the faith. The progressive churches are shedding members at an alarming rate. Of course one can make the case that doing what is right is not always popular, but it seems strange for denominations that just dumped a bunch of their long-standing doctrine overboard to suddenly proclaim the timelessness of their new eternal truths.
The nice thing is that the three-year time frame means that this can become a recurring source of mirth.