Fifty-two retired bishops refused to join with other retired bishops in calling for the United Methodist Church to change its stance on homosexuality. That represents more than a 60% majority.
UM News Service reported:
Florida Area Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker said he supports the denomination's basic position. "It's in agreement with Scripture and ecumenical Christian tradition in the broadest sense," he said. "We have the Church--with a capital C--in many different cultural settings, and in those different cultural settings, there are different understandings of human sexuality. I think in making its decisions, the Church must be mindful of its responsibility to its members in all its cultural seetings and not just select ones."
It's comforting to know that a majority of the retired bishops have not caved into the American cultural understanding of sexuality and realize that to do so would cause great upheaval within the United Methodist Church. But then for those who have, causing upheaval is their aim. They care nothing for the majority of United Methodists who support the church's belief that "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," and are willing to sacrifice millions of faithful UM's on the altar of political correctness.
We should give thanks for our retired bishops who are willing uphold their vow to defend the church's teachings. Let us pray that all who are in leadership understand that they share in this responsibility.