Stick a pin into a virtue-signalling episcopal entity, and out will come the word ‘mission’, like wind from a deflating balloon. Mission, they say, is what we are about. Mission, not maintenance, is what we are for.
But there is a problem.
As any virtue-signalling entity will tell you, though mission is good, missionaries are not. They are the running -dogs of imperialism, the lackeys of white supremacy. They are an embarrassment to modern Christians in a multicultural society.
As the Archbishop of Wokechurch, Justin Welby, said recently:
‘We need to be conscious of our colonial history and how it has impacted other faiths in Britain today. How are British Christians heard when we talk of the claims of Christ by diaspora communities who have experienced abuse and exploitation by an empire that has seemed to hold the Christian story at the heart of its project?’
Welby did not actually say:
‘The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings’.
But he was coming to that…