ULC Update for April 2019
APRIL 30, 2019
So, as I reflect on the last month and all that has been happening globally with The UMC as well as the local impact at Camp Hill UMC, I’m reminded of one thing that we as Methodists often say, “God is good all the time – All the time God is good”. Times of adversity shape who we are. This is no different for the Church as a whole, and particularly CHUM. People are watching us and looking to see how we deal with this time and if we are truly representing God or only our own personal views.
The United Methodist Church has been dealing with some difficult decisions that may shape the future of the church, but we must all remember that which binds us together: Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We must not allow the enemy to divide God’s people, but instead stand united, as one in Christ.
We would all agree that the Bible is the Word of God. I also consider it to be a road map that ultimately brings us all home to that final resting place in the Lord. As with many road maps, there are sometimes alternate routes that we can take to get to the same “final destination.” Some of us may look at others and think, “why do they want to take that road or freeway, when my route is better or faster?” The end result is still the same, however. We all will end up at the same place. Some may take an “easier” path, while others may hit traffic along the way. In then end, we all know that the only way is through Jesus Christ.
I don’t believe any of us know all the answers and it seems that the more questions I ask, the more questions I have. I do believe that in the end, Jesus left us with what he called his greatest commandments, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31. This, I believe, is not up for debate.
We may disagree on many issues, but in the end if we hold on to these truths, we can come to a common ground.
—Jim Clahane, Lay Member to Annual Conference
(Class of 2021)