The United Methodist Church is ripping itself apart over how they will regard members of the LGBT. Because I was a United Methodist Minister for a long time, I have an interest in the direction they will choose, and so I have repeatedly expressed my views and urged them to be fully inclusive.
Before I say anything else about them I should note that at least the UMC is grappling with the issue. The Southern Baptists aren’t . The Assemblies of God aren’t. The Latter Day Saints aren’t. All the little independent fundamentalist churches aren’t.
They’re still intact with their love-the-sinner-hate-the-sin motto. They’re still taking cold comfort in their righteous indignation. They’re still spreading anxiety with a false notion that a people that make up less than five percent of the population are taking away our rights, corrupting everyone’s morals, and causing God to inflict natural disasters on all of us.
So I appreciate the UMC for struggling over this. Sometimes I complain because it’s taking so long but they’re further along than many other Christian organizations. I would love to see the UMC lead the rest of Christianity in taking a small step forward in showing dignity and respect to an oppressed minority.
They are up at bat while the other churches haven’t even made it to the ball field.