Praying for all of us

Thank you, Sky McCracken for this story. May those with ears, hear.

McCracken tells a story about some Methodists from Mexico visiting his district’s office, which is in a church that closed after a church split led to dwindling membership and finances.

When our Mexican friends arrived at our district office, we met to talk about the Hispanic population in our area, which is almost all Mexican. Some work at nearby poultry processing plants, others work on large farms. After some conversation (with a translator), I took them on a tour of our facilities, which includes a church/sanctuary that is currently not being used (pictured). As we went in, their eyes got wide. They asked if they could pray. One man brought in a guitar and they sang praise songs. And then some went into extemporaneous prayer. One woman, Sandra (in the foreground), was praying and weeping. My Spanish is close to nonexistent, but I was told she was asking God to forgive us for our not being faithful with this building, for whatever disagreement that led to its closing. She didn’t pray “them.” Or “others.” She prayed, “us.” As if they shared in the sin of this particular church of being more driven by disagreement and pride than being driven by the Christ who was God Among Us.

Read the full post here.

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7 thoughts on “Praying for all of us

  1. There are many good points in the piece.
    “…it’s not as important as making disciples and being in mission for world”
    The important thing is to make disciples of and for Christ.
    No one has been able to explain how that is done if the wrong gospel is preached.
    Galatians 1:8

    1. I hear your point, and I agree that a false gospel cannot make disciples. But I would rather the gospel preaching churches in the UMC pour all their energy into that rather than trying to do something about churches in whole other parts of the country that they cannot do anything about.

      1. That would be OK, except that apportionment money from gospel preaching churches goes to uphold those churches.

      2. I get your point also
        You know I went to see the movie Noah over the holiday.
        When I got through all the imagination and artistic expression included in the film I was left with an important truth.
        God’s patience does run out. That impression was enforced when I read all the stories included in scripture that carry that message. What is it that is said about wounds that are allowed to fester?

  2. I have read other posts by Sky McCracken. He tries to walk the tightrope. He believes that darkness and light can cohabit United Methodism and produce godly offspring and maintain unity in the face of persistent betrayals and bold calumnies at the top level of erudition and authority. However, quacking about unity at all costs will not save this organization from itself.

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