Hello and hi. If you have not heard about the Gay Bishop, Nicholas Chamberlain-well, you are about to. And as always, you are welcome. Recently, Bishop Nicholas Chamberlain revealed he was gay and in a relationship. Yawn. Who cares? I certainly don’t. Check it, is Bishop Chamberlain a kind person? Does he comfort the sick, poor, lonely, those struggling with depression et al? Does he call his Mother? Does he pick up an empty plastic bottle that is lying in the street? I think you get the point I am trying to make here. To me, if Bishop Chamberlain does all of things, then, in my book, he is a good person. I really don’t give a flying monkey if he is gay or not. His sexuality impacts me in no way. And I am not alone. Because our own Justin Wellby, the Archbishop of Canterbuy-said he knew about the bishop’s sexuality and he didn’t take much notice. Why you ask? Because it does not matter.
However, the conservative Anglican group Gafcon has indicated that the appointment of the bishop of Grantham was a “major error.” Oh please. Gafcon, if you are reading this (and I certainly hope you are) that is a deeply deplorable thing to say, and not very Christian-like if you ask me.
Further, Gafcon, a group which includes conservative Anglicans around the world, according to the BBC, said there had been an “element of secrecy” in his appointment. Give me strenght. Why-because you were not consulted? Please Gafcon, just straighten up and fly right. In other words-get over yourselves. For real. A statement from Gafcon said that the news about Bishop Chamberlain would “exacerbate” divisions within the Church of England and the wider Anglican world. Oh please. Jesus take the wheel. I mean, even the Archbishop of Canterbury was all ‘Uggh’ when Gafcon began sounding off about this. Here is the Archbishop,pictured below, when he heard what Gafcon had said.
The Gafcon statement also said:“There are aspects of this appointment which are a serious cause for concern for biblically orthodox Anglicans around the world, and therefore we believe that this appointment is a major error,” this was later followed up with their interpretation of the Bishops appoinment which had some elements of secrecy and “that it has been arranged with the aim of presenting the Church with a ‘fait accompli’, rather than engaging with possible opposition.” The statement was signed by the Most Reverend Peter Jensen, general secretary and Canon Andy Lines, chairman of Gafcon’s UK task force. Yeah, task force in ‘how to be a complete idiot, yet masquerade as a Christian.’ Yes, I said it.
Bishop Chamberlain’s sexuality was disclosed in an interview with The Guardian and has been widely reported that he in fact gave the interview, because his private life was about to be exposed by a Sunday newspaper. Good grief. This is the world we live in. *Hangs head in shame.*
Bishop Chamberlain has indicated, that he obyes the Church guidelines. Lord knows, we all try to. The Church guidelines says that gay clergy must remain celibate. Chamberlain told The Guardian, “It was not my decision to make a big thing about coming out…people know I’m gay, but it’s not the first thing I’d say to anyone. Sexuality is part of who I am, but it’s my ministry that I want to focus on.” Yes. Exactly. Preach on brother man. Later, in response to the Guardian’s story, Archbishop Welby said:“His appointment as bishop of Grantham was made on the basis of his skills and calling to serve the Church in the Diocese of Lincoln.” Now, that is sense talking right there-you can see why he is the Archbishop. Yes, yes you can.
At this point, I could touch upon how the Church views same sex marriage, or the guidance given given regarding this topic.. but really now, I simply don’t have the time nor the inclination to do so. Right now, right here, I am all about supporting Bishop Chamberlain. And that is exactly what I plan to do.
A Church of England spokesman added, “Nicholas has not misled anyone and has been open and truthful if asked. The matter is not secret, although it is private as is the case with all partnerships/relationships.” Yes. Exactly. What they said. That is all.