I'm stunned but not surprised.
Regrettable, but just more of the same. It seems odd to me that personal sacrifice in the service of the Lord keeps getting left out. Regardless of how crazy I may think an individual to be for insisting on such changes it is their personal failure to accept sacrifice in their life as a key to joining a calling that I object to. She(transgendered subject) had a choice to serve given the requirements set forth, or pursue her own personal goals. Whether we could or should make judgement upon the latter is separate from why we must insist on judgment of the former.The bumper sticker reads: WILL HAVE CAKE AND EAT IT TOO!
The Book of Discipline simply doesn't provide for dealing with situtation. It's amazing how inventive is human sin -- so much so that our laws cannot keep up with it.
Sorry, ````````````````````````````````````but I've got to differ. If his congregation is content with Drew and his decision, I can't see what right other clergy have to interfere. And UMAction certainly needs to butt out.
Even sorrier about all the ' marks. My cats were playing on the keyboard at the wrong moment :)
Isn't it interesting that the story includes no comments from the congregation. It seems like such an obvious omission you have to wonder why.
how sad that this is something we as a church are concerned about. i agree with "bluebird" and all should butt out. we are at war in iraq w/ people dieing every day, ready to go to war w/ iran, homeless in every state of our county, children being physically, mentally and socially abused "some by so called "servants of God" and we are judging whether this person is called upon to minister. when there is even ONE methodist minister without sin of ANY kind, then MAYBE we should listen. Until then, let God be the judge and everyone else just work on what Jesus Christ taught us, LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Jason -I'm speechless as well
"when there is even ONE methodist minister without sin of ANY kind, then MAYBE we should listen."The problem is that we are not recognizing it as sin, but a lifestyle choice. No one is sinless, but if you continue to sin and not confess it, you're being a hypocrite and you're influencing so many who come to you for guidance and counsel. It's decisions like these that make it more and more difficult for me to remain in the Methodist church.
I am also like Drew. I am a transgendered man who worships and praises God with every bone in my body. I slip all the time. i sin often with things I should be stronger about. I often ask God why he chose this path for me-- to be transgendered-- because it is not an easy road. But one thing that He keeps telling me is this, "I make no mistakes. I make no decisions that are not in my name." and then I know that, even though I live on a battle field, God has my back. He loves me.
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