Hello Church Family,
This Fall many of our small groups have been focusing on the study, Revolutionary Kingdom: Following the Rebel Jesus. This study has looked at some current topics in ways that some of us disagreed with. However, I do think it is important for Christians to critically look at the issues facing our world today. Matter of fact, Revolutionary Kingdom has called us to look at the issues before us through our “kingdom lens.” You see, we can’t say that our faith doesn’t have anything to do with our politics or our viewpoints on current events.
Our faith better have something to do with these things. Hopefully, it’s our faith that helps us see what is broken in the world, and it is our faith that compels us to try to help make the world look more like the Kingdom of God. Now, we may disagree on how to do that, but that is okay. We as the Church should be modeling to the world how to disagree and still love each other.
Methodists especially should be doing this because this goes back to the very beginning of our history. You see, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, followed a time-tested approach to differing viewpoints: “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; and in all things, charity.” For Wesley, the essentials were love for the God revealed in Jesus Christ and love of our neighbors. We must have unity around this. In everything else, we can agree to disagree with each other. But when we do, we do it in love. We listen and speak to each other with respect and love. This is the way of a Methodist. This is the way of a follower of Christ.
I am so grateful for the ways you all live this out. In our small groups, we’ve had differing opinions, but we were able to talk and listen to one another in love. I wish the world could see more of this, which makes me even more grateful to be a part of a church where we can do this. I am grateful to be a part of a church that strives to look at the world through our “kingdom lens” and is growing in our love for God and our neighbors.
Giving God thanks for you and for this church,