Top 10 Religion Stories of 2020

Dec 26, 2020 by

by David Virtue, Virtueonline:

FEW would deny that 2020 was one of the worst years in the life of the present-day Church. The Anglican Communion was hit hard with more confusion over homosexual practice, with the Archbishop of Canterbury showing no leadership but continued capitulation over the issue. Annus horribilis might be the best description – it was a year for the ages.

The push for the full acceptance of homosexuality across the communion plus the advent of COVID defined our lives and fears; the way we worshipped along with how often we could see friends, family and relations. Families were torn apart and for those living alone or in care facilities, it was made even worse by the fact that they could not see even their loved ones. Family members died alone in nursing homes; travel was restricted and much more. Political alliances seemed to define us more than we could have thought possible. Friendships were broken over what people thought of President Donald Trump. I have seen nothing like this in more than half a century of reporting. For some it seemed believing in Trump was right up there with believing in Jesus, and for some seemed to surpass it. Words like “hate” and “socialism” took on a whole new meaning and definition. As one blogger noted, “In 2020, theological unity took a back seat to political partisanship.”

At this time of writing, events have still not fully played out. While many believe the end is in sight, many believe that it is far from over. There are whispers of civil war. The country could shut down, while the faith of many did.

It was a hard year for everyone. As C.S. Lewis put it, “…pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Are we listening and heeding His voice?

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