It finally clicked in my head last night, why I’m on a different page when it comes to the Armenian Church. My son Christaphor was assigned to memorize a paragraph from the United States Declaration of Independence.
That’s it. I hold this basic truth as SELF-EVIDENT. And so when such a holy government as that which runs the holy institution of the Church, becomes “destructive of these ends,” then it is in our RIGHT to abolish and to institute a new order.
All these years I’ve been considering the Church as a Sacred Institution that stood for the principles of life, liberty, truth, pursuit of happiness, that is, Unity with God. Isn’t that the prescription of self-determination written for each of us? Well, it turns out that this is my definition, flavored (though some may argue tainted) by the American dream.
Of course, this is why I can’t get along with the clergy who maintain the status quo. This is why I don’t accept the status quo. It is destructive. And the only cure is in an overhaul of the system. It’s long overdue.
The Declaration of Independence was the beginning of the United States. I pray that we can find the strength and courage to declare our independence from the tyranny that has taken over our church.