Reading Rachel Marzalek on Revise Reform today got me thinking about my love or otherwise for the Anglican Church...it's an ever fluctuating relationship! She writes of an experience on the streets and praying and choosing to engage with those around her - including a Christadelphian lady. She embarked on her afternoon with only £1.50 in her pocket and her feet and mouth and ears as a resource. Her conclusion challenged me to think about the Church of England as a 'mouthpiece' and whether I am indeed grateful for that...I've copied her final paragraph her for you but would encourage you to read the whole post:
I need to unpack all of this, think about what it is God is doing using the Church of England as his mouth-piece, very grateful that he is and that it is something unthreatening to most people. I am left reflecting on the generosity of our faith, its ability to listen to others, its hermeneutical openness and its great process of discernment, the traditions of the last two thousand years by which we have arrived at our doctrine. I am grateful that the voices are many, that the view of God is wide and expansive, that those theologians each reveal something which we can wrestle with. I am grateful that I do not have to follow the interpretation of one man a couple of hundred years ago but that the Anglican faith has wrestled and listened and considered and continues to do so. I am grateful for a living God, who lavishes his children with Spiritual blessings, who is powerfully at work in our lives so that we can feel it, that his word is a living word, pointing to Jesus Christ and that we come to understand it by the power of the Holy Spirit.