Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has suggested that African Christians will be killed by their Muslim (presumably) neighbors if the Church of England endorses same sex marriage. The Guardian reports here.
African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts gaymarriage, the archbishop of Canterbury has suggested. Speaking on an LBC phone in, Justin Welby said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been massacred by neighbours who had justified the atrocity by saying: “If we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians.”
“I have stood by gravesides in Africa of a group of Christians who had been attacked because of something that had happened in America. We have to listen to that. We have to be aware of the fact,” Welby said. If the Church of England celebrated gay marriages, he added, “the impact of that on Christians far from here, in South Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria and other places would be absolutely catastrophic. Everything we say here goes round the world.”
I’d never thought of those ramifications. The African Anglicans are heartily opposed to homosexuality and the biggest fight in the Anglican Church over this issue is between the Africans and the Americans. The Africans think homosexuals are all demon possessed while the Americans make soothing, patronizing noises to the Africans saying things like, “One day you will have grown in your understanding of human sexuality as we have…”
The whole incredible fuss highlights the huge gap in perceptions between Christians in the developing world and the USA. Too often Americans seem hopelessly ignorant about the rest of the world and the plight of their fellow Christians.
This gap is highlighted by John Allen’s book The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church what Allen writes is about the Catholic Church, but his book discusses the wide gap in cultural understandings which then influence interactions between Christians around the world.
What will Church of England proponents of same sex marriage do with this information? In my experience they will dismiss it as irrelevant. As one Episcopalian minister said to me, “I don’t really understand what the problems of a Nigerian have to do with the people in my parish in Massachusetts.”
Kudos to Welby for daring to even mention the issue.
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