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"A Perfect Act of Love"

Ed Kilgore writes over at TPMCafe:

"I know I've been posting a lot, but it's Sunday, and Annie Lamott's powerful confession that's she half-ashamed to be identified as a Christian these days is eminently worthy of comment. She's got her finger on something that's terribly real for a lot of Christians on both sides of the cultural and political wars here and around the world: You look at those on the other side and think: Can these people possibly be Christians? And if so, who am I?

I've struggled with this myself, much as Annie has. I can barely comprehend the views of "Bible-based" evangelical Protestants who somehow think the primary message of Scripture in our time is to ban abortion, proscribe homosexuality, put women back "in their place," support state-sponsored religious displays, and identify with the foreign policy of the United States as carried out by George W. Bush.

And Christian Right leaders have made it abundantly clear they think people like me and Annie are infidels and poseurs of the highest order....

The thing that inevitably supports my own faith is my Anglo-Catholic conviction that all conflicts are subsumed in the Eucharist.

Every week, we drag our disagreements, our hopes and fears, our failures, a bit of our material treasure, and our own sorry asses up to a table where a perfect act of love makes us, for at least a moment, a community. But Annie's right: it's getting harder to maintain that community every day."
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