It is truly sad when something seems broken beyond repair, yet claims to be working still. I’ve read my denomination’s asked for theological defense of the actions of GC2003 [called To Set Our Hope on Christ, online here]. What it is: Repetition of that of which they are convinced. What it is not: Anything like a theological defense.
I have to admit, it is difficult to find grace in the undoing of something historically God’s… but then, as my friend Eric reminded me yesterday, there is precident for that in Genesis 6:
The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD
was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with
pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from
the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground,
and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found
favor in the eyes of the LORD.
I don’t know that God is ready to wipe the whole slate clean, especially since He promised not to, and sent Jesus to reconcile us to Him once and for all… but I wouldn’t put it past the Almighty to clear away a particularly messy lot and start building the church anew.