Wow this has been a hectic week. Not because I have actually been at General Conference, but because I have been following it on Twitter and live streaming while doing my seminary schoolwork and final exams. I have been trying to follow as much as I could online. Back in June last year I submitted my name as a write-in delegate for General Conference. While I did not get elected to General Conference I still really wanted to be a part of what was going on in Tampa, Fl. United Methodist Polity just interests me soo much. Most people watch General Conference and lose hope in the United Methodist church because of all the arguing that occurs at GC.
The Conference has passed and rejected so many petitions it is hard to keep up with them all. However, if you are an active follower of hot topics in the church you know which petitions are the ones worth following. Along with those I have a few that deal more personally with myself. I can say that there were a few outcomes that were disappointing to me and then there were outcomes that enraged others as well. There have been moments of frustration and moments of excitement. When something that i want to see pass doesn’t i just remember that this is the Methodist Church. This is how we function. We are a very parliamentary denomination (thats why we are “Method”ists). We are governed by rules (somewhat) and we look towards them for order.
These issues may divide us on many levels, but we must remember that we are all children of God and we should love each other as such. Primarily because Jesus tells us we need to love our neighbors and even our enemies. So lets think that no matter how the vote turns out no matter what the faith believes we need to remember that we are ultimately governed by love and that should be our main tool of evangelism to others.