Using Truth as a Weapon

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Weapons!

Jared,
First, how is your blog not to be taken as hurtful and harmful to Nancy Dinardo and all of the rest of us who understand “same sex marriage” and much of the other advocacy positions of the LGBTQ+ agenda to be incompatible with a theology based on the Word of God as found in the Holy Bible, or with an objective understanding of the chromosomal, anatomical, and natural physiologic function for sexual reproduction?

Why do you conveniently ingnore the global nature of the United Methodist Church in your first paragraph? Do you, too, as it seems other “progressives” blogging for UM Insight have done, have a patronizing and superiority attitude toward the delegates from other continents and cultures and particularly toward the delegates from the African Central Conference?

Have you mixed the metaphors regarding weaponry? Ephesians 6:10-20 describes truth not as a weapon, but rather something one buckles or girds around ones waist. The only offensive (pun intended) weapon in this passage is the sword of the “ Spirit, which is the word of God.” I think that this is a more apt description of the “weapon” used by Nancy Demario in her presentation. What are your weapons of choice, Jared, or are you going into battle armed only with progressive ideology, backed by a secular culture where decadence and decay abound?

Has your blog not done the very same thing that you accuse Nancy Denardo of doing, telling your opinion in a way that makes Nancy (and all who agree with her) feel judged but without any context to make us feel loved?

Scott S 11 days ago

Thank you

Thank you for articulating what was bothering me about Jared's post!

Virginia Berger 10 days ago

Thoughts

1. We are all limited by only having experienced 1 life, our own. That's true of Nancy and all of us. The point of General Conference and Annual Conferences is to come together and try to discern a broader understanding. The issue is that we have reached a majority, but not a consensus.

2. Wouldn't we be better off if we could accept people's opinion as is? Why does someone need to love you before they can tell you their "truth". You certainly haven't earned any right with your blood, sweat, tears, and time to share your opinion to me. But here you are, sharing your opinion. And here am I ignoring your advice that you haven't earned the right to tell me your opinion and listening anyway.

3. "And we need to listen to people who tell us when something we think is supposed to be loving – isn’t."
One of the subtle messages that I interpret in reading the Bible is that you need to be loving, not the beloved. Weird. Maybe I have it wrong. It just strikes me as unhelpful when people complain about not being loved the right way. It seems like I should evaluate their complaint and decide if it is justified.

And then the question becomes is Nancy being loving by supporting a church that believes in marriage equality under the law, that doesn't feel that gays and lesbians should be rejected or condemned. That believes that they are of sacred worth and full members, but can't quite get to the idea that we should celebrate and affirm. That she has a little bit of misgivings about the choice that they have made.

It strikes me that your real complaint is that she believes we have free will is this area and that the better choice is not to choose being LGBTQ.

Anonymous 13 days ago

A prime of example of

People talking past each other because they have completely different understandings of the use of scripture and the definition of love.

betsy 13 days ago

Truth is not subjective, love is

Truth is not subjective it is an absolute. The Word of God is Truth. Sharing that truth can be done in a loving or non-loving way. I was not at GC2019 and do not know how it was delivered. Based on the verses she chose, I think it was probably said in a loving manner.

The problem progressives and the LGBT community especially have is that they don’t believe truth is an absolute They feel it is subjective so as not to be “hurt” by having to face the reality of it.

Steve 12 days ago

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