“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! (Revelation 3:15 NLT)
How annoying is it when certain people don’t just come out and say what they think? They never make their minds up.
Is it yes?
is it no?
How about don’t know?
Just say it! Run up the flag which will tell everyone what you stand for. Believe in yourself and stand tall. You might be wrong, but at least everyone will know who you are and what you believe in.
Being open and honest seems to be a bit of a problem for some people.
The Church of England is often criticised for being too liberal and trying to please everyone. But, in fact, the Archbishop of Canterbury (the head of the CofE) has set out his stall plainly. The General Synod (the ruling body of the CofE) has a written set of rules and statutes which they insist all churches must follow.
Any new ideas which might occur to a member of the church can’t be just adopted without first being discussed, debated and revised.
Too liberal? Definitely not!
Too conservative then? With its rules and restrictions, maybe. But what is conservatism? To retain and preserve.
Is today’s CofE the same as it was a generation ago? Of course not! Is it even the same as it was ten years ago? No! Change is a part of who we are. We embrace change, after due consideration.
So it’s not conservative.
The verse from Revelations talks about being neither hot or cold.
What is the CofE? Not liberal. Not conservative. Maybe putting religion into a box with a convenient label is too restrictive.
Maybe water can be both hot AND cold at the same time without resorting to lukewarm?