February 27

A Thought: “Don’t Be Rash!” I’ve always thought that was an interesting phrase. A ‘Rash’ spreads; is unsightly; often, uncomfortable. To ‘Be Rash’ is to use the adjective meaning, “displaying or proceeding from a lack of careful consideration of the possible consequences of an action.”
I am a United Methodist Christian woman, wife, mother, grandmother and clergy. My heritage is deep in this denomination. What is going on is ‘news’ to others. To me, it is my heritage. I am a part of 8 generations of Methodism. I have devoted my entire life, energy and work to this denomination. It has been an evolving organism of Spirit, acceptance, struggle and justice. The UMC has always been a social justice Church. In God’s time, we integrated and are a better Church for it. In God’s time, women were allowed to be ordained and lead the church
(1 Tim.2:12). We are a better Church for it. Now, we are looking at an issue that has captured the attention of all: the ordination of homosexuals and the allowance of marrying same sex couples in the Church. The UMC at this time, is not moving forward to accept either. Maybe this is wrong. Maybe this is right. God has the final and omnipotent understanding of this. I have my beliefs. You have yours. All I know, is God is perfect in His timing and His Will is eternal. His Word continues to be interpreted through flawed human understanding. Multiple marriages have been allowed in clergy. Premarital sex has been allowed. I would imagine even persons who have had affairs also have been allowed to be considered for ministry. There is no physical exam to verify whether one is guilty or not of any of these—just the hope of good character and honesty and morality. It’s all sex sin according to the Bible, right? What makes one sex sin more acceptable than another? What makes one sin greater than another? Jesus said the only unpardonable sin is to blaspheme God. ( Mark 3:28-29). So, I join the ranks of those who struggle with all of this. But where my struggle ends, my Faith and Trust in God takes over. Holy Spirit Come!
I remain a United Methodist Christian and I will continue that journey in my heart until God calls me Home. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
“All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28

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