I am not writing this as a member of a local congregation, but as a Christian.
Kelly Figueroa-Ray writes,
Something is broken in my denomination, when this sign is allowed to stand uncontested.
It is an ugly sign, and one unfounded in reality. Further it is a sign commenting on English and, well, you know, doesn’t get it right. Further, the sign is on an UMC church campus and across the street from a Hispanic-owned convenience store.
But, back to the statement. It is not that the UMC is broken – instead, it is that the whole of the American Church is broken. While she is right to be upset, I think that she needs to step back and not see this as a Methodist problem, but as an American Christian problem. We are allowing ourselves to lose the Kingdom and to confuse it with the American empire. Once this happens, we adopt the liturgy of our society, with banners such as that sign. We adopt the culture language as our language of study. The Bible’s canon is expanded to included secular documents, such as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We lose our Christianity. We lose our ‘apartness’, our holiness.
- My Response to ‘Save the UMC’: Saving the UMC – From Glenn Beck… (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- Introduction to my new church (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- United Methodist Social Principles: Class 1 (revbillcook1.wordpress.com)