This week at the annual conference, the United Methodist Church voted to disallow gay ministers and same-sex marriages. The Church was clearly divided, conservatives versus liberals and the vote was 46% to 54% in favor of the conservatives.
It turns out there was a political agenda in sway. The African and international Church is growing even as the American Church is aging and dwindling. The African Church is finding itself in competition with Islam in attracting new members. As Islam is very conservative, the African Church is finding it needs to be equally so, this in spite of the fact that culturally, in some areas, homosexuality is well established. And since the international community stands at 36%, the Church voted to stand by them. This is especially true as the African Church is funded by the Conservative body.
There are so many fine, good, Godly people impacted by this. What does this say to those gays already married? And those who were planning to be? How about the gays who are members? How can you freely worship in a church that discriminates against you? What about those people who have studied and prepared for the ministry for many years, only to find their work is for naught? I know the Bible says homosexuality is forbidden but times have changed. We now know homosexuality is not a choice but something you are born with in most cases. It is not a sin.
My heart breaks for the homosexuals within the Church and those homosexuals searching for a church to call home. They deserve better. Especially as so much of this is politically motivated. This decision, still waiting Judicial approval (may it not be supported), is not just.