It is my sincere hope that somehow, someway this finds you as I do not know the means in which to respond to you directly. This forum suits well for my purposes though as I believe that anyone who saw your comments published in The Christian Post recently needs to see a response. Your words may be found here. I wish to take a few moments to address the two things that I read in what was quoted as your words.
First sir, let me address the statement that the road ahead will be rocky. You are correct, it will be. The road behind has been rocky as well. The road that Jesus had to walk was even rockier and indeed He walked it so that we could have the assurance that no matter how difficult the road was, not only do we not walk it alone, it has already been conquered for us. Yes sir, the road ahead is rocky, but in case you do not know or had forgotten, the destination is more than worth this temporary bump. Christ never promised us a smooth road or an easy road, He did promise instead the opposite the we would have trouble in this world. He then reminded us to not fear because He had over come the world. Where you see a rocky road, I see the amazing witness of the Glory of God when this road has been successfully traveled. Where you see a rocky road, I see only the promise that the good work begun in each of us who believes will be completed. I prefer to focus on the destination and not the journey and humbly suggest that you try to do that as well. I think that it would put this present situation in a different light.
Secondly sir, I simply must disagree with your assertion that “NO ONE is serious about keeping all current United Methodists together”. In order to properly respond I must take a moment and list my qualifications. I am a royal priest, I am living stone, I am running the race, I am fighting the good fight of faith, I am a coheir with Christ in the kingdom eternal, I am being refined in the fire, I am righteous through faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I am justified and being sanctified, I am working out my salvation with fear and trembling, I am a child of the Creator of the universe who knows me by name and counts the very hairs upon my head, I am one who will stand at the gates of hell and force anyone who is determined to get in to climb over me, I am a member of the church established by Jesus Christ and serve Him through the UMC, I am called to a cause that is nothing short of the salvation of the world through faith in Christ, I am a servant to everyone and a slave to the only One, I am sir, in your words, NO ONE. What I am not is silent. I may be the only one who is serious about keeping the UMC together, but if so, then I have misjudged many people. Even if I am the only one, a lone single voice, the fact of the matter is that it is the powers that be against me…and of course Christ, the bridegroom of the church. What that means is that though the entirety of the denomination may be aligned against me as you would have me believe, it is all of them against me and God. They are outnumbered.