A Better Way
Dear St. Michaelites and Friends:
For most of my 20 years of ordained ministry, there has been a battle brewing with the national Episcopal Church over issues of Biblical authority. The manifestation of that battle has been division, hurt and lawsuits. There is a better way…
On Wednesday, October 4, all parties (our Diocese of South Carolina and the national Episcopal Church) got together in a pre-mediation session to look at size and scope of a new and better solution. It was decided that there would be a three-day mediation in Columbia on November 6-8, with senior federal Judge Joseph Anderson as mediator.
Biblically, mediation is by far a better way to solve disputes amongst Christians than lawsuits and litigation. A mediator is one who stands in the middle, sympathizes with both and is trusted by both. The mediator represents each side to the other with the goal of mending a broken relationship. This is the story of Scripture. As Genesis unfolds, God and man are estranged. In order for the relationship to be restored, a mediator has to be provided. Jesus the Messiah is that perfect provision, that “mediator” of all time between sinful humanity and God our Father:
- 1 Timothy 2:5:
- There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ
- Hebrews 9:15
- For this reason, Jesus is the Mediator of the New Covenant, by means of His death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Out of the conviction that mediation is at the very center and core of our Christian theology, it is my fervent prayer that this mediation ends the battle. While I realize it is not binding, and there is no precedent of success with the national Episcopal Church using a mediation, yet, all things are possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Bishop Lawrence will be scheduling a prayer vigil soon that I pray we will all fervently engage in. We will let you know those dates as soon as they are made known to us.
I for one am praying for a supernatural outcome. Join us in doubling down in prayer for this better and Biblical way forward.
Much Love in Christ,
The Rev. Alfred T.K. Zadig, Jr.