Methodist priorities being obscured

Not to pick on one particular denomination, but its a broader example. Article from their website.

Poll: Making disciples tops sexuality as church priority

By Heather Hahn
June 4, 2014 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) [*emphasis mine]

Editor’s note: This story was updated June 6 to include a link to poll questions and results by U.S. jurisdiction.

When it comes to issues facing The United Methodist Church today, same-sex marriage ranks far down on the list.

That’s according to a new survey of church members across the United States. Nearly 4 in 10 United Methodists said the first or second most important issue facing the church is “creating disciples of Christ.”

The most important issues facing The United Methodist Church
(% of members)
Creating disciples of Christ 39%
Youth involvement 27%
Members’ spiritual growth 24%
Decline in membership 19%
Poverty 17%
Children at risk 17%
Social injustice 16%
Sexual orientation/same-sex marriage 11%
Structure of the UMC 8%
Economic inequality 7%
Women and minorities in UMC 5%
Racism 4%
Immigration reform 3%

The other most important issues, according to members, are youth involvement (27 percent); members’ spiritual growth (24 percent); decline in membership (19 percent); poverty (17 percent); children at risk (17 percent); and social injustice (16 percent).

Only 11 percent ranked sexual orientation and same-gender marriage as the first or second top issue facing the denomination. That puts the ongoing debates around human sexuality as eighth in importance to United Methodists, according to the poll.

The results come from a May 30-June 1 survey by email of 509 U.S. United Methodist lay members by Corporate Research of Greensboro, N.C., and Research Now of Dallas. The poll screened out pastors, retired pastors and paid staff at any level of the denomination to focus on the views of lay members, who sometimes can seem voiceless in churchwide discussions.

 

Can you hear that? You can say what you may about polls but this reveals the tell tale truth. Yet we see the Bishops or officials, or statements emphasizing the GBLTQ agenda taking anti-Israel positions, and the BDS(boycott divest sanction) platform they are promoting.

Sure the hierarchy says they are not really calling for boycotting Israel businesses etc, but that is the agenda they have entangled themselves in. And then there are those calling for sanctifying gay marriage in churches.

Well, that lost voice in the church is not thrilled about or interested in all that. Palestine and Israel issues are not even on the poll, but apparently they rank high among clergy and leaders. A letter clergy signed in 2012 takes a stand, along with the recent divestment of certain companies doing business with Israel.

BDS Scorecard: Methodists recommend sanctions & boycotts; reject divestment

The passing resolution, entitled “Opposition to Israeli Settlements in Palestinian Land,” [view original and amendments] urges United Methodists to read Kairos Palestine, a document that calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as tools of love and solidarity to support Palestinian liberation. The document in essence endorses the U.S. Campaign’s flagship End U.S. Military Aid to Israel Campaign, along with numerous member group-led campaigns challenging military aid and the costs of occupation.

The highest voting body of the United Methodist Church, which is the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the United States, has recommended boycotts and sanctions — as well as an end to individual and organizational financial support for settlements — as tools for ending Israel’s brutal occupation and discriminatory policies.

Not alone, as I said, it is one example:

BDS has entered the very highest levels of mainstream U.S. institutions. The Presbyterian Church (USA) also will be debating resolutions this summer at its General Assembly on boycott of Ahava settlement products and divestment from Caterpillar, Motorola, and HP. Presbyteries around the country have already passed local overtures calling for boycotts and divestment.

“Redistribution” included in the Methodist resolution:

Be it further resolved, that we urge the U.S. government to end all military aid to the region, and second to redistribute the large amount of aid now given to Israel and Egypt; to support economic development efforts of nongovernmental organizations throughout the region, including religious institutions, human rights groups, labor unions, and professional groups within Palestinian communities.

Can’t you feel the love?

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