Archive | June, 2014

A confused Methodist…

5 Jun

I am a little curious about what has come out of The Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

I don’t believe I ever say it in the Bible to remove the ” old DNA ” of the church to make room for the ” new DNA ”

Is this just a way of saying ” get ride of those that are questioning what the church is doing with the direction it is headed and pointing out where it falls short in its commitment to what it says it stands for”?

It seems it just wants to get people in the seats and then down the road work on getting them to understand the commitment of what being a Christian is all about.

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The trouble with This Christian…

5 Jun

I know I will get grief for expressing my thoughts on resent events that I posted here and on another that I posted on the AWFUMC Conference site, if they even post it. If they don’t I’ll post it here as well. I am fully aware that I may be in the minority on my believe on current church maters and that doesn’t bother me in the very least. Simple Church, Small Church, Extravagant Church (just kidding), these are just the current phase and phrase of the times. Make the presence in the church appear small. Minimum presence on stage with pulpit, alter table, band and singers. The changes I have seen are a mix of good changes but also of bad changes. There is no way that any church can please every member and That’s fine with me, I still love my church and my pastor so don’t say I’m slamming either. It’s not that I am trying to be un-Christian either. I am not the typical Christian when I look around at other Christians that I TRUELY admire. Some of them will scratch their heads thinking I have lost it. I just not that Christian and most likely never will be. I Am a Christian first and foremost. I am just not the typical Christian that most would probably hope I would be. I am the type of Christian that God has taken and molded from the turmoil of all the evil and hate and fear that this world can rain down on His children. He has held me in his hands and kept me alive. He has breathed his forgiveness into my heart and soul. He removed the parts of my past that were killing me. He gave me true witness of his presence the day I was re-baptized by filling the air with an overwhelmingly sweet fragrance that only I could sense. He made me the fighting Christian that I am. That fight comes from the heart He has laid upon me. I am not just disagreeing to be trouble to others. I answer what is put upon me during the quiet times when I am still, quiet and listening. I try to be the servant He is asking me to be.

Letters to the Bishop of the Alabama West Florida UMC Conference

4 Jun

I find it interesting that so much is said by the leadership of the UMC on the way we should lead our lives but they are slow to non responsive when they have the same asked of them. Below are two letters I wrote to Bishop Leeland with no response.

(This is the first letter I wrote)
Bishop, I truly mean no disrespect, but could you tell me why the church has never reached out to help any of us? I know when I spoke to Henry Roberts in the 90’s he said so many lives destroyed when I told him of my being a victim of Bill Chance. Isn’t helping us the Christian thing to do. I am at a financial point in life that the cost to my family is breaking us.
Bill Lester

I know the short email is most likely very hard to respond to. But in reality, for followers of Christ, it should be extremely easy, don’t you think? Christ spent his life and gave his life to help us. That help took on many forms but it was meant to help us, not hold us back or keep us down.
I know, I can hear the lawyers in the background. You can’t say this or you can’t say that worried about lawsuits. With everything the church teaches, it fails to follow what it preaches. Give it to God. Trust in The Lord. He is faithful. Yet the church fails to follow the very teaching’s that it teaches. It is wasting time on earthly concerns that we are told not to.
Sooner or later the church as a whole will have to step down off that fence it seems to have a fondness for straddling a take a step in …..
FAITH.
That is what it is all about……

What brought all this about is the huge out of pocket financial cost of the endless years of therapy and medications. I have been on disability for seven years and have reached a point that is making increasingly difficult to keep up with the cost of going to see my psychiatrist as often as she wants to see me and has even meant me going without my meds when I have run out so other bill could get paid.