Have you ever had a big job to do and when you sat down at your computer you played a round or two of Free Cell or solitaire before you even opened the file? Sure.
Faced with having to clean out the cellar, attic or garage, did you ever pause on your way to sort magazines on the family room coffee table? Sure.
Then maybe you are susceptible to what Bishop Paul calls the "Anglican Distraction Syndrome". In a letter to clergy and wardens, Bishop Paul wrote:
"History teaches that Episcopalians would rather do anything than spread the Kingdom. We tend to invest our energy in debates about liturgy, women's ordination, language, where national headquarters should be, and so on, in a way that is disproportionate to their significance. These are all important issuses, but my constant sorrow--and I have been saying this for decades--is that we historically let ourselves get so concerned with these and other issues that our primary mission is obscured."
Friends, there is no vaccine for the Anglican Distraction Syndrome. As individuals and communities of faith, our only defense is to monitor our own actions. Scan for WOW.
Do you take your part in corporate worship?
Do you give and work to help meet the needs of the homeless, hungry, mentally ill and children at risk?
Do you tell others about the fun and fellowship and mutual support you find in your church?