From the Pastor’s Study –
As I’m sure you’ve already read or heard, the special General Conference that met in St. Louis reaffirmed the United Methodist teaching and practices around human sexuality. There were also some specific pieces of legislation that were voted upon; the details of these remain to be clarified.
We knew going in that there would not be unanimous agreement and support for whatever was passed; there would be some parts of our wider church who would come out of this upset and grieving.
In his ‘Preface’ to Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis wrote “One of the things Christians are disagreed about is the importance of their disagreements. When two Christians of different denominations start arguing, it is usually not long before one asks whether such-and-such a point ‘really matters’ and the other replies: ‘Matter? Why, it’s absolutely essential.’” This true about our current debate within our denomination; what some participants see as an unimportant issue, others hold to be of critical importance. And I don’t see this debate disappearing soon.
There is another relevant passage from this ‘Preface.’ Lewis is comparing Christianity to a large house with a central great hall and denominations as rooms off of that hall. “When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.”
– Pastor Ron Troup
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