“You are either part of the problem or.part of the solution,” goes the cliche.
The only hope for The United Methodist Church is that we insist on being both.
The cacophany of blaming others is deafening. Local churches blame Boards and Agencies. Bishops blame elders. Pastors blame congregations and District Superintendents.
Whatever any task force or outside consultant tells us, we will not change the direction of our denomination until we move from casting blame to accepting it.
I did not begin to actually tithe until 10 years ago. I have looked past people I did not think belonged in my church (they wouldn’t feel at home here, I would rationalize). I have argued and condescended on theological points rather than showing the love of Christ.
If you cannot admit you have been part of the problem, you will not be part of the solution