According to an article published in Newsweek, the African Anglican community sees the issues confronting the Anglican Church from an Old Testament perspective:
Worldwide, more than half of all Anglicans now live in Africa. And in sharp contrast to the relatively liberal Church of England (and its U.S. counterpart, the Episcopal Church) the African Anglicans preach a fervent fundamentalist line steeped in the Old Testament message of a stern, unbending deity.
Such strict orthodoxy plays well in modern Africa. In a time of AIDS, political turmoil, genocidal wars and economic chaos, believers may be seeking not just the comfort of religion but also the certainty that goes with unambiguous moral precepts, according to some religious scholars. If the constant woes of the Israelites as described in the Old Testament are remote to the Anglicans of North America and Britain, they may be grimly familiar to their co-religionists in Rwanda and Nigeria.
The Anglican African community has taken a firm position against the issue of homosexuality. Will their position divide the Anglican community? I do know what will happen at the Lambeth Conference but we must hope for the best. Christians everywhere need to pray for our brothers and sister in the Anglican community as they make important decisions that will affect their work and mission in the world.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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