Last week the United Methodist Church voted to not change the exclusion language of their book of discipline regarding homosexuality. This was one of three paths the UMC was to decide upon. One path was to change the language with full affirmation of homosexuality. Another where the church would allow local congregations choose how they handle the situation. The one chosen, called the “Tradition Plan” was to keep the language intact and to allow those congregations that choose to leave to leave with their property in hand.
Last week I wrote my hopes would be they choose the middle plan, what they called “Connectional Conference Plan.”
Each side believes they are fighting for truth. Each side believed this vote brought all their disagreements to a head. But, it only brought about more division.
Staying together would have been more beneficial for both parties. Together they could have done so much more. Together they could have sough the truth. Together they could have worked it out.
Now lines have been drawn. Each will now go to their perspective bubbles and echo chambers. They will choose to exclude and not include their fellows brothers and sisters in Christ when what the Church really needs is unity in the faith.
Prayer is all I can do from the side lines in this event. Prayer is much needed.