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What 96 UM Bishops Will NEVER Say Regarding The US War On The Unborn


Since 96 UM bishop's signed the letter against the war in Iraq as being immoral, I thought it would be interesting to read what that same letter would look like if the words about "WAR" were changed to "ABORTION".

I think this would be a Christlike response to lead the church towards embracing the sanctity of life.

"A call to repentance and peace with justice"

As followers of Jesus Christ, who named peacemakers as blessed children of God, we call upon The United Methodist Church to join us in repentance and renewed commitment to Christís reign of compassion, justice, reconciliation, and peace.

As elected and consecrated bishops of the church, we repent of our complicity in what we believe to be the unjust and immoral culture of abortion in America. In the face of the United States Supreme Court's rush toward a woman's right to privacy based on misleading information, too many of us were silent. We confess our preoccupation with institutional enhancement and limited agendas while American unborn children are aborted, while thousands of American mother's needlessly suffer, while poverty increases and preventable diseases go untreated. Although we value the sacrifices of the doctors who serve in the women's health arena, we confess our betrayal of the scriptural and prophetic authority to warn the nations that life lies not in right to privacy issues, but in enabling the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized to flourish as beloved daughters and sons of God. We confess our failure to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to be a people who welcome and love all those for whom Christ died.

Aware that we are to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance, we personally and as bishops commit ourselves to:

▪ Pray daily for the end of all abortion in general and the killing of the unwanted unborn specifically; for those who suffer as the result of abortion, including the mothers and their families; the American people in their struggle to find a culture of life; and for the leaders of the United States that they will turn to truth, humility, and policies of peace through justice.

▪ Reclaim the prophetic authority that calls nations, individuals, and communities to live faithfully in the light of Godís new creation where all people know their identity as beloved children of God; where justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream; and where barriers are removed and all creation is healed, reconciled, and renewed.

▪ Commit ourselves to peacemaking as an integral component of our own Christian discipleship, which means advocating and actively working for the things that make for peace: personal, institutional, and governmental priorities that protect the poor and most vulnerable, especially the unborn innocents; modeling an end to prejudice toward people of other faiths and cultures; confronting differences and conflicts with grace, humility, dialogue, and respect without being so cautious in confronting evil that we lose our moral authority.

We call upon all United Methodists to join in the pursuit of peace through justice as revealed in Holy Scripture and incarnate in Jesus Christ.

▪ Let us move beyond caution rooted in self-protection and recover moral authority anchored in commitment to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

▪ Let us object with boldness when governing powers offer solutions that conflict with the Gospel message of self-emptying love.

▪ Let us with compassion share the pain of Godís children who suffer from the devastation of abortion and those who live in spiritual poverty resulting from misplaced priorities and misguided public policies.

▪ Let us work toward unity in a world of diversity, that all peoples will come to know that we belong to one another, and that ďin Christ God was reconciling the world to himself . . . and entrusting the message of reconciliation to usĒ (2 Corinthians 5:19).

Submitted by MPickel, OSL on the UCMPage.org Bulletin Board.  Great Work! --Editor

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