I Confess, I'm a Traditionalist

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Methodism in 1948

The 1948 Book of Discipline stated, “The principle of racial discrimination is in clear violation of the Christian belief... We therefore have no choice but to denote it as unchristian and to renounce it as evil. This we do without equivocation." Richard Lowell Bryant then commented, "There was no doubt as to where the Methodist Church stood on race, Jim Crow, segregation, and America’s future."

Unfortunately, ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS. The same Methodist Church that supposedly condemned racism was also segregating pastors, churches, bishops, and conferences in the Central Jurisdiction... just so white pastors/congregations wouldn't have to face the horror of the God's inclusion, the Spirit's power, and Jesus' diverse kingdom.

Bryant cites part of the 1948 Discipline and summarizes: "Segregation, in Methodism’s eyes, was the same as slavery."

Well, kudos to the Methodists. We get to discover the enduring force of Jesus' words:

"Hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. You say, ‘If we had lived in our ancestors’ days, we wouldn’t have joined them in killing the prophets.’ You testify against yourselves that you are children of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead, complete what your ancestors did. You snakes! You children of snakes! How will you be able to escape the judgment of hell? Therefore, look, I’m sending you prophets, wise people, and legal experts. Some of them you will kill and crucify. And some you will beat in your [religious houses] and chase from city to city." (Matthew 23:29-34, CEB)

May God have mercy on our souls.

Diane Kenaston more than 2 years ago

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