The Joy of Justice

It appears that the U.S. Episcopal Church is going to end the ban on gay bishops (and presumably lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ones, too).

The church has been avoiding this moment. Some of that is due to homophobia. Some of it is due to fearing the reaction of other parts of the wider, global Anglican Communion. Some of it is due to fear of losing more U.S. churches who, in reaction, are leaving the denomination.

There are always people who resist justice. Doing justice often exposes pain.

Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire
Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire

But when the Diocese of New Hampshire elected Gene Robinson as its bishop–the first OPENLY gay bishop in the Anglican Communion–the die was cast. God does not want God’s people to go back, away from justice, but to push forward into more.

God knows how good it is for us to cast off our fears, and how good it feels. Doing justice leads to joy.