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United Methodist Church Rejects One Church Plan

United Methodist Church Welcomes All
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Guy Nave
Written by Guy Nave

Leaders of the United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination, have rejected the One Church Plan. The plan is a measure that would have eased restrictions on gay clergy and same-sex marriages.

Instead, the United Methodist Church passed the Traditional Plan, which retains a church ban on same-sex marriages and LGBTQ clergy.

Many people have made and will continue to make powerful, insightful and morally persuasive arguments against this action taken by the United Methodist Church. Every now and then, however, a simple reality gets lost in a lot of words.

In this post, I have one simple question.

When will our churches actually begin to demonstrate in church POLICIES and DOCTRINES the so-called love and acceptance of all people they claim to believe in?

I long and pray for (as Jesus taught his disciples) the arrival of the “Kingdom of God” on earth.

Jesus was rejected and crucified by BOTH religious and political leaders for declaring the arrival of God’s kingdom and for encouraging his disciples to seek it on earth.

Despite this action of the United Methodist Church, may followers of Jesus continue to seek, work, and pray for the arrival of God’s kingdom of universal love and acceptance of all people.

 

About the author

Guy Nave

Guy Nave

Guy Nave is a professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His research focuses on the topics of Christianity, religion and social justice, the social construction of religious meaning, and race-religion-and-politics. Professor Nave is currently researching the power, politics, and meaning behind the rhetoric of "change."

He is the author of several articles and book chapters, and he served as a New Testament Greek translator for the 2011 Common English Bible. His commentary on 2 Corinthians is published in the African American New Testament Commentary, and his book, The Role and Function of Repentance in Luke-Acts has been identified as “the standard scholarly work on repentance in the New Testament.”

Guy Nave received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University. In addition to his blog posts here, he is a frequent contributor to Sojourners Magazine's online "Commentary" blog series.