Adam Hamilton got up and spoke eloquently and pointedly about the state of our denomination and current trends. While actuaries are hard to argue with, some of us can still place our heads in the sand and argue semantics, stances, and make horrible generalizations about those we don't really know that well. Adam got hammered tonight by many - and in the end, I was very sad. I don't think Adam is Jesus (and I don't think Adam thinks he is, either). But because he is a "megachurch pastor", some seem to equate that with being the anti-Christ.
Is this how we speak of fellow Christians? Fellow Methodists? Whatever happened to, "Whoever is not against us is for us?" Whether you agree with him or not... he poured his heart out. Those that disagree could simply say, "I disagree." But much of what I witnessed and read on Twitter feeds and Facebook postings were less than civil. They certainly were not our best.
So I pray that we might be tolerant - even with those whom we do not agree. I do not think God is pleased with our snide remarks and snarky posts. Is this our best for the Lord? Have we become those in the Temple that Jesus had to drive out?
Forgive us when we can't agree to disagree agreeably.
Forgive us our pride and our arrogant presumption.
When we want to label the other side "bad", remind us that
the log in our own eye blinds us to our own iniquities.
Help us to see our brothers and sisters as blood kin,
related by the blood of Jesus.
Before we cast our votes and opinions, help us to weigh them
by your love, wisdom, and grace,
and by doing so we may know what is right and faithful.
We pray in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.