The Evil We Vow to Resist – Neocolonialism

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As General Coordinator for the UMC Africa Initiative, I have selected not to dignify the wrong perceptions and assertions of Albert Otshudi Longe about this great Association of African UMC leaders (clergy and laity) from the three Central Conferences of Africa who are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to authentic biblical Christianity in Africa. For to do so would amount to mere distractions.

As General Coordinator for the UMC Africa Initiative, I have selected not to dignify the wrong perceptions and assertions of Albert Otshudi Longe about this great Association of African UMC leaders (clergy and laity) from the three Central Conferences of Africa who are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to authentic biblical Christianity in Africa. For to do so would amount to mere distractions.

Jerry P. Kulah 7 days ago

Racism and Traditionalistts

As I participated in the major national Civil Rights Movement protests, the March on Washington, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Selma to Montgomery March, and the Poor People’s Campaign, I wondered where were the white evangelicals/Traditionalists? Of course I knew some individuals were participants, but where were their organizations?

Lloyd Nyarota,writes this, “I have often asked why is that some of the founders of the groups that are pushing for schism, have denigrated the theologies created by black people as they struggle for freedom from oppressive segregation,apartheid, colonialism...”

Nyarota as an African, and I as an African American ask the same question. Why don’t the Traditionalists who regularly announce that African delegates to General Conference will support our present legislation on “the practice of homosexuality,” also share with us the thoughts of African United Methodists, and their thoughts, about racism?

There is a Conservative/Traditionalist resistance to Liberation Theologies that embrace a God who is concerned about the oppression of persons and groups. I searched for an answer, and found this;

“As Christians we are for the Biblical and historic Church’s version of Social Justice, (where people demonstrate kindness from uncoerced hearts). We are not for the Neo-Marxist version of force and political aggression. Social Justice is simply Socialism, disguised under a thin “Christian veneer.” From: “Why Some Conservatives Don’t Like Social Justice”, Israel Wayne, Illinois Family Justice, 7-31-18.

I believe Lloyd Nyarota would join me in asking our United Methodist brothers and sisters who favor, United Methodism schism, how do they interpret: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream”. Amos 5: 24,

And,

“And Jesus was handed the book of Isaiah, and when he opened it, he found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach good news to the poor...to proclaim liberty to the captives...to set at Liberty those who are oppressed: to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’”. Luke 4: 17, 18.

Gilbert H. Caldwell 8 days ago

thanks

thanks to both Albert and Gill for their reflections.

Ann Hunt 7 days ago


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