Hoosier pastor Kent Millard has proposed a truce within the denomination on the issue of homosexuality.
His basic point is that after 40 years of fighting over the issue neither side has won and it distracts from putting the denomination’s energy into feeding hungry children and eliminating malaria and AIDS.
I was not surprised to see that the third comment on the UM Portal Facebook update about Millard’s article invoked Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” implying that calls for a truce are the moral equivalent of telling MLK to stop stirring up so much trouble in the South.
Millard may not have helped his case by saying the truce would be temporary, meaning once we have eliminated all poverty and disease then we could turn back to fighting over the issue of homosexuality. He has either a curious definition of the word “temporary” or an uncommon confidence in the ability of the United Methodist Church to bring about the apocalypse.
I don’t know whether Millard is a lectionary preacher, but I find it a bit ironic that his call for a truce comes the week the lectionary gives us Jesus saying he has not come to bring peace, but division.
Division we have. That must mean Jesus is here, I suppose. I hope so. We surely need him.