One of the most divisive topics is now “threatening” to divide the United Methodist Church. You can read about it here if you haven’t been following along; United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup Over LGBT Policies. I don’t understand the “edging” bit, as the Methodists as a whole already discussed this and voted on it at their conference back in February. The vote was clear; the traditional stance on marriage stands.
I get that if this continues to stand that the UMC is going to lose a lot of congregations and individuals, but why would the UMC be forced to split? It’s been voted on; here are the beliefs of the UMC. That means if you disagree with that, and are not going to follow the guidelines, then why are you clinging to the title of Methodist? I would like to think it is out of some type of moral hesitancy to further split the body of Christ, but I’m not that naive. What do I think is going on? It’s one more way to tear down the Church from the inside out, it’s a way to take the UMC and publicly force it to bow to progressive ideals that do not accept the New Testament God-given and traditional Christian definition of marriage.
Make no mistake, this is a “Winnowing Topic;” it does separate the wheat from the chaff. As you winnow, the wind carries away the chaff as it is not built to withstand the wind, rather it is driven before it. The question of Homosexual marriage is one that cannot be skirted. And, to be clear, I’m talking about God ordained marriage, not state ordained. Just as we don’t rely on the state to baptize, nor to tell us who is baptized, believers should not, cannot, rely on the state to tell us who is or is not married. This is why it seems traditional Christians are always harping on homosexuality; it’s not something that can be danced around. It’s too much of a prevalent topic in society that those who deny that two men or two women can be married in the eyes of God stand out like a sore thumb.
Progressives can’t tolerate dissent, and anyone who does not agree must be taught a lesson. That’s why I think there is so much “angst” over trying not to leave the UMC intact. If it’s left intact, and it’s the progressive liberals that must leave, that is an admission of defeat of the ideal, and that is the unforgivable sin in progressivism. The traditional Methodist are clear; they love and welcome anyone into congregations, and to some extent even the pulpit, but they are commanded by God not to love or approve of certain actions; hence, it is the actions that are not welcome and need to change. One of the premises of Methodist belief is that we do have free will in that with the help of God we can choose our actions. The liberal progressives within the UMC want to change the unchangeable.