With the beginning of the kamikaze missions we call denominational conventions only a month or two off, it is proper and wise to prepare ourselves for what will happen at most of them. Delegates will fight over authority and sex—defined respectively as ways of trying to govern denominations, and abortion and homosexuality.
One of my favorite metaphors for these assemblies, so easily overtaken by irrationality and the lack of common sense, is the family reunion. The attractions and repellings at church conventions match those emotionally charged encounters under the picnic trees. Relatives gorge and smile, gossip and backbite. But they come back for another round the next year.
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