From THE MIDDLETON PRESS:
With all the pageantry the Episcopal Church can muster, the
Rev. Ian T. Douglas was consecrated Saturday the fifteenth
bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa preached the
sermon. He spoke of how God requires Christians to love
everyone, no matter who they are:
“All the poor, rich, white, black, Hispanics, all, all.
Clever,not so clever, beautiful, not so beautiful …
tea party, Democrat, Republican. This is radical, man.
This is radical.
“Bin Laden, George Bush, Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, gay,
lesbian, so-called straight, all, all …”
He charged Douglas, “Please tell the children of God, each
one of them is precious. … Each one of them is a member
of God’s family in which there are no outsiders.”
COMMENT: Some Christian leaders try to live their lives,
and persuade everyone else to live their lives, subject to
every single word written in the Bible plus the tradition
of the Church. They end up living in confusion and confusing
those they endeavour to teach.
Desmond Tutu has spent his Christian life living just one
simple, Christ inspired idea - God loves everyone and it
is the duty of the Christian to do likewise. He learnt the
life redeeming power of this singular truth on the day in
his youth when he met Father Trevor Huddleston for the
You can see the difference that these two ways of living the
faith brings to those who follow them in the faces of their
adherents. The former type shows the world a frown - the
second type, a smile.