The Washington National Cathedral is the closest thing our country has to an official state church. It plays host to almost all state funerals and inaugural services for newly elected presidents.
In 1893, Congress passed a measure to allow for the construction of a new cathedral in the nation’s capital. The measure was proposed to Congress by the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, run largely by the first seven Episcopal Bishops of Washington. Construction began in 1907 and was actually completed in 1990 when then President George H.W. Bush presided over the placement of the final finial. Interestingly, in 2011, the National Cathedral received $700,000 in federal funding for repairs due to the earthquake that occurred that year.
The National Cathedral is operated by the Episcopal Church, which is the closest Protestant denomination to the Catholic Church in many ways. It is the official seat of the Bishop of Washington, who at the moment is the Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde. It’s also the official seat of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, who at the moment is the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori. Yep, both church officials are women, which goes against scriptural teachings, and also explains why they have become so liberal.
If you can compromise the Bible and God’s teachings in one area of the church, then why not violate a few more? Well, they are. After same-sex marriage was voted to be legal in Maryland and the District of Columbia in November, Budde decided to allow for the inclusion of same-sex marriage ceremonies in church practices.
Rev. Gary Hall, the newly appointed Dean of the National Cathedral welcomes the idea of performing same-sex marriages in iconic sanctuary. Hall believes that this will help break down barriers and open up more opportunity to reach the community in way that reflects God’s diversity. He told the press:
“I read the Bible as seriously as fundamentalists do. And my reading of the Bible leads me to want to do this because I think it’s being faithful to the kind of community that Jesus would have us be.”
“As a kind of tall-steeple, public church in the nation’s capital, by saying we’re going to bless same-sex marriages, conduct same-sex marriages, we are really trying to take the next step for marriage equality in the nation and in the culture.”
All I can say is that he’s not reading the same Bible I am because it clearly says that homosexuality is an abomination. But, when your top church leaders defy God’s Word in one area, it’s easy to do so in other areas as well. I just wonder how much longer God will wait before unleashing His wrath on our nation for turning from Him and His ways? I’m getting older and facing God’s wrath on our nation is really the only thing that truly scares me anymore. In fact, I find the idea terrifying, for even those who are faithful and standing strong for God will suffer the wrath He will bring down on the nation as a whole. If you don’t believe, read what happened to Daniel and his friends when God judged his nation. He was taken captive into Babylon and was not treated well at all.