Something that I've been thinking about for a while is that America has its own "native" heresy. I call it individualism. Fr. Dan Martin's latest post on the Diocese of Pittsburg got me thinking about this again. Both on the progressive side and on the reasserter side, we are obsessed with our own individual rights. This focus on our "rights" as individuals causes us to lose focus on God. We yell out to others "You're not the boss of me!" This individualism causes us to search for affirmation by listening only to those voices that sound like our own and causes us to be convinced of the rightness of our own positions.
It also causes us to believe that we are the captains of our own ships of fate. We take our fate into our own hands and we make our future. We have all fallen for that "if you can conceive it and dream it you can achieve it!" line of positive thinking and subsituted it for Christianity.
This heresy manifests itself by wanting the church to affirm us as we think ourselves to be. We want a divorce? Well, God wants us to be happy, so the Church should allow for divorce and remarriage (because God wants us to be happy). We want our sexual expression blessed (today it is mutually monogamous life long relationships (at least if the intent is life long at the time) or "serial polygamy." I've heard voices on the progressive side that say that marriage is a heterosexual construct and homosexuals should not be tied to it, but that their relationships should be blessed as well.
On the reasserter side, we see this manifested by the desire to leave TECUSA because it is totally left the Christian faith. We want to find our own solutions to the problem of TECUSA and chart our own course as individuals, congregations, and dioceses. We are not content to wait for the communion as a whole to provide a solution.
It seems that we, as a church, have bought into the lie that God made us as individuals who exist to acheive self-fulfillment.
My brothers and sisters, God did not create us as individuals to find ourselves. God created us as persons who are designed to live in community and that community should reflect the inner life of the Trinity. So long as we depend on the strength of our own arms or minds or wills to solve our problems, we will fail. We need to remember that the solution to our problems is to surrender to God and live the life that He has shown us in His Self-Revelation.