In a couple of days the Iowa Annual Conference will convene in Des Moines. Among other items of business, members will be voting on a series of resolutions which if passed will go on to the 2012 General Conference for consideration. Anyone who has been around the United Methodist Church for any time can probably guess what they are about, changing the Church's language and understanding around homosexuality. Even after decades of being turned back, still a minority continue to push their agenda. All those rejections haven't dissuaded those who deny a Biblical perception of human sexuality. Will it ever stop? How many times must they be told that United Methodist believe that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching before they will finally give up, or better yet come to see the truth?
There are several denominations that have an unBiblical stance on this issue. Most recently, the Presbyterians have liberalized their statements. If this issue is so vital to the individuals who want to see the United Methodist Church's stance changed, why don't they go to one of these other denominations rather than trying to tear the UMC apart? There's only one reason I can think of, they care more about justifying sinful behavior than the unity of the church.
So as a result of some individuals' desire to fit into the culture, we'll spend hours rehashing and arguing about an issue that we will never agree on. And this weekend is just the beginning, the fight will continue through General Conference when this vocal minority will be rebuffed again despite all their protests and slogans and proposed resolutions.