|You know the
situation: You attempt to educate the masses on issue after issue
in order to help them understand that your position is the right
position, and you back up your viewpoint with very reasonable arguments
and information; You work for years to rally your best supporters;
You've now got the media convinced that your position is the right
position; Finally, you've got the system of persuading the voters to your
point of view honed to a fine art; Along with the media, on paper,
it would appear that everything is going your way.
BUT, in spite of all this, no matter how hard you try, after four years of all your efforts, the people continue to provide far less than a definitive majority in the votes, and the opposition still manages a convincing argument against you, and so you wonder just how you're ever going to come up with just a small number of additional votes to get just enough votes to put you over the top.
One thing you can't do is to simply allow the apparent majority to rule, because you know that the majority is simply WRONG! Rather, you know that your position is the right position for the people, and you owe it to the people to ensure that your position is the one by which the people must live.
I'm sure you know what topic I'm discussing. That's right, I'm discussing the UMNS article in which the liberals are crying about their minority status in the UMC. In this article, you'll see how the liberals are trying to change the rules of the UMC "game" in order to gain power.
Church experiencing Southern 'captivity,' says retired editorThe author here seems to be troubled that his "opposition" is too well organized. Well, first of all, why would effective Christian organization be criticized to begin with, and secondly, the liberals should be very proud of the likes of the Northern Illinois Conference which provided a virtual solid block of pro-homosexual agenda votes, even though less than 7/10ths of one percent of the membership in the NIC has signed onto the homosexual agenda. Now, that's a well-organized group of activists.
He also points to the election of six of nine members to the church's Judicial Council as an example of Southern captivity. One member of the church's "supreme court" is from the North Central Jurisdiction, one from the Western, one from outside the United States, none from the Northeastern, three from the Southeastern, and three from the South Central. A motion at the General Conference to ensure that at least one of the Judicial Council members would come from each of the five U.S. jurisdictions was defeated.How can this diversity between the south and the north be an issue to be lamented, when the liberals celebrate pluralism to an extreme? Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot--diversity is only welcomed by the liberals when it means an increase in liberalism, or simply a diversity of liberalism.
In part two, to be published Nov. 27, Pohl suggests some remedies. These include having each jurisdiction organize and arrive at the General Conference prepared, using the Southeastern and South Central regions as models.Ever heard of the term "gerrymandering?"
"Perhaps the whole jurisdictional system has seen its days and should be eliminated," Pohl writes. The main task of the jurisdictional conferences held every four years is to elect and assign bishops, something that Pohl says could be done by the General Conference. Another alternative he suggests is letting each annual conference (or area) elect its own bishop with no more than a 12-year tenure.OK, now we finally get down to the brass tacks. Discard that dusty old Book of Discipline, and thus set us free from all these rules!
Gee, I thought Good News already proposed letting the liberals leave the denomination, even with their local church property intact. Alas, this hasn't taken hold at the General Conference--yet.
National diversity is a major asset of the United Methodist Church, he says. "Although it is second in membership to the Southern Baptists among the Protestant churches, it is first in its geographical spread across the nation. It is rarely first in numbers anywhere, but it is usually second or third everywhere. In my opinion, no section of the country with its cultural history and theological world view should hold the entire whole captive."Well, we know what methods the liberals use in American politics to gain an advantage. What method do you think the UMC liberals will use to gain an advantage?
In conclusion, I have one final question to ask about this "problem:" What has any of this got to do with Christianity?
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