Wednesday, November 28, 2012
What the Presidential Election Should Teach the United Methodist Church: Part II
Eric Folkerth states that the UMC is a center-right church. My rebuttal is simple: Take any current editions of the Interpreter, the Reporter, or any publication of the United Methodist Women and look at our stands. From gun control, to immigration, to healthcare, our stands are not in any way center-right. Our social positions look and have looked more like the Democratic Party for decades. But that is not the point. The point is that a church-renewal strategy based on American politics is the wrong model and would yield strange results. For example, the 2012 election would suggest that we need to spend about 80% of our efforts on Iowa and Ohio. What kind of mission strategy would that be. Besides, Jesus is not running for president. He is already King of Creation; and that is not up for a vote.