All bets are off?

United Methodist Reporter Executive Editor filed his reflections on the next steps for the UMC after the wedding Saturday in Alabama. One quote will not sum up his piece, but here was a paragraph that grabbed me:

At this point the future of these and other issues lies in the hands of the Western College of Bishops — a college that has supported Talbert’s call to “biblical obedience.” If they carry through on the statement adopted at the 2012 Western Jurisdictional Conference and ignore the Discipline’s proscriptions on same-sex marriages when a complaint is made against Talbert then all bets are off for the future of a United Methodist Church.

For some reason this movie clip comes to mind as I read this. Not the war imagery, but the sense of being called to radical choice and unavoidable division.

I wonder how we change the tune to something more like this:


7 thoughts on “All bets are off?

  1. The Western Jurisdiction wants to do whatever it believes it right while asking the rest of us to subsidize it. If it were growing, that would be bad enough. But, since it is already smaller than the North Georgia Annual Conference and there are fewer United Methodists in the whole Western Jurisdiction than in a number of individual states, then it simply isn’t sustainable. I presented legiislation to eliminate the Western Jurisdiction and it didn’t go anywhere in Tampa. It would be ironic if it finally moved in Portland.

  2. I thought the editorial was dreadful. “Rural simplicity?” Unreal.

    It doesn’t help matters when one uses pejorative terminology like that to characterize fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who cannot reconcile homosexuality with the witness of Scripture. The editorial is shabby, small and indicative of the tenor of conversation within a denomination that is “united” in name only.

  3. If only we could all see that we were on the same side. Everyone has gotten so angry that I’m not even sure we remember what we were fighting over in the first place. Blessed are the peacemakers.

  4. Who will have to make a determination about penalties, etc., and when will that happen? I find it someone ironic (and sad) that a Catholic bishop has been ousted for having too lavish a home while one of our bishops only gets (so far) a letter asking him to play nice.

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