An article which appeared this morning reaffirms for me why I am not a “conservative” Christian. The article reports the mildly shocking news that Episcopal Bishops have halted their gay agenda (for now) in an effort to appease conservative Christians in the U.S. Conservative Christians in the U.S. had planned to join Bishop Peter Akinola and the Nigerian diocese because of the liberal agenda of ordaining openly gay clergy. In the sense that the Episcopal communion is moving in a more conservative direction, I applaud these recent developments. However, reading the article makes me more than a little uneasy, as it pits “conservative” Christians against “liberal” Christians and speaks of how each has had to learn from the other’s perspective. My response to this is, “What? Has Christ been divided? May it never be.” As Paul instructed the Corinthians, there is but one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Either we are Christian, or we are not. That question will not be settled by how we view the gay agenda. Neither is that question answered by how well we negotiate so-called “controversial” issues.