I KNOW that the United Methodist Church is in the midst of serious disagreement from people who interpret the Bible and understanding God in very different ways.
I KNOW that sexuality is poorly understood across the board and there is a tendency to try to fit the Scriptural texts, psychological, and sociological data to pre-built theological and anthropological narratives.
I KNOW that every party in the conflict has their own ideas of what part of the United Methodist church should stay the same and what parts should change. I ALSO KNOW that every party has a tendency to think what other parties want to change is wrong.
I KNOW that systems are perfectly designed for the results that they are getting, so to get significantly different results means making significant changes.
I KNOW that there is a present dysfunction within our denomination that has manifested itself in various ways.
I DON’T KNOW who all is specifically responsible for the various dysfunctions that the United Methodist Church is having.
I DON’T KNOW what is truly the best direction for the United Methodist Church as a denomination in terms of policies, procedures, structures, etc. I DO KNOW anyone who claims to know with confidence is fooling themselves.
I TRUST that God will lead those people who are truly repentant, who value the Gospel of Jesus Christ and individual persons more than a specific social, property, financial, hierarchical, and bureaucratic arrangement.
I TRUST that that the in-breaking of God’s new creation in the present time always comes with conflict and suffering, because I TRUST the boundary lines between Kingdom of God of the powers of this world are entirely sketched out with external conflict between persons and/or internal conflict within persons, between the natural human reality of the flesh and the transforming power of the Spirit.