We are all looking for “The Good Way”, we all want to feel good about ourselves, our families, jobs and in general about life itself. For Christians this can be a problem. Why a problem? I think the answer to that question can be found in Jeremiah 6: 16-19.
16 This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’
I have rewritten this blog several times, really I have. This same gender issue and related issues that come with it has in my opinion become so divisive that many like myself look elsewhere as we allow our emotions to interfere with our ability to worship, study, fellowship and most of all find peace in our faith. It has driven me from my pew and soon will split the Methodist Church. Re-read what I have just written. The fault lies not with the church but with me. I have lost my focus and taken my eyes off the cross so to speak. God’s will cannot to be found in committees, position papers or endless debates or voting until the outcome turns out your way. It most certainly is not contained in endless commentaries or intellectual interpretation of the gospel to fit the changing moral climate of the world today. I have written other blogs that state why I believe this gender thing is a social issue and not a church thing. No need to rehash them here. You may go back and read them if you like.
I will be making an effort to do just what the scripture says, seeking the “Good Way” through study and prayer. God’s written word, his instructions if you will, passed down by the patriarchs and passed to the apostles to whom God made his will known. When we read the next three verses it is plain that there will be judgement and all of us will be held accountable.
17 I posted watchmen over you who said, ‘Listen for the sound of the alarm.’ But you replied, ‘No! We won’t pay attention!’18 “Therefore, listen to this, all you nations. Take note of my people’s situation.19 Listen, all the earth! I will bring disaster on my people. It is the fruit of their own schemes, because they refuse to listen to me. They have rejected my word.
My word counter tells me I have written 417 words at this point. I read a comment by a Methodist Pastor today that says it all in very few words. We are told that General Conference was a success and nothing was changed. Well that is not true. WE have a “Book of Discipline” which has now in this pastor words become a “Book of Suggestions”. jkc