I had drafted something along the lines of what I am about to repost below… but then read these much better and more eloquent observations from someone on the spot and who has a broad and deep experience of General Conference and the general church at large.
Among the greatest indictments of the modern church (UM and others) is that we are far more influenced by the culture and politics of our age than we are by the age to come when Jesus reigns without a rival. He has a rival now – us and our being more left and right, conservative and progressive than grace-filled and humble.
I invite you to read Mike Slaughter’s blog in its entirety HERE. I hope his concluding words will entice you to read and reflect on his message as I have been this morning.
“I believe the following expression, sometimes attributed to John Wesley among others, is the best counsel I know in these difficult days.
Unity in the essentials
Liberty in the non-essentials
Charity in ALL things.
I love Jesus. I love Christ’s Church. Let’s learn how to love each another. ”