Christians Should Be Creating Safe Spaces, Not Ridiculing Them

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The ultimate safe space

for anybody is in the love God for them as an individual regardless of theirs background or current circumstances. That is the "safe space" that John Wesley created that brought Methodism into existence! Wesley did not approach the poor and marginalized with a social justice initiative or an escape from the real brokenness of this world; he took them a message of love and hope that enabled them to live their lives regardless of their circumstances!

Betsy more than 4 years ago

The real problem

Christianity in America has lost sight of the greatest equalizer of all: every last one of us is inherently a sinner in need of God's amazing grace; this is where our part of the story starts--not in trying to lift up certain segments of the population and as a result trampling all over everybody else! Christianity has three parts: God created the earth and everything in it and called it good; humanity exercised its God-given free will and decided to take control of the world and the world as God intended it to be vanished; in Jesus, God took an unfathomably amazing step to put things back on track. Guess what, you are still trying to control the situation and make the world "nice," which is absolutely impossible for any of us to do! Do yourself a favor and acquaint yourself with basic orthodox Christian doctrine; start with the Heidelberg Catechism and the very modern book about it, "Body & Soul' by M. Craig Barnes. You just might find a cure for your white male messiah complex because you will be humbled and amazed into the dust at the love of God that is available even to you!

Betsy more than 4 years ago

Nice Work

What the right-wing does when it derides "political correctness" is to express a coercive opinion that racist, sexist, xenophobic, heterosexist, transphobic, ableist, ageist expressions are in and of themselves desirable. The right-wing forces within the United Methodist Church do no different when they whine at being referred to as "bigots" when they spout bigoted opinions. Reverend Rob Renfroe is a perfect example: concerning the issue debated at General Conference in which it was determined the UMC's membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) was ended he described the RCRC as "pro-abortion," which was an act of bearing of false witness against a principled organization for which he should be sorely ashamed. RCRC neither advocates for or against abortion. We simply recognize its criminalization as the bad public policy that it is. Reverend Renfroe is either so grossly misinformed he believed himself to be speaking the truth, in which case if he were an honorable man he would resign his church positions and exile himself such that no memory among us may be had of such an unqualified clergyman, or he should admit he lied and engaged in the bearing of false witness for his own gain. I shudder at the thought of the 1/3 of female members of his congregation who have had abortions hearing their own demonization being proclaimed from the lips of their pastor.

George Nixon Shuler more than 4 years ago

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