Letter to the Editor: Belief versus culture

By now, the inner workings of the United Methodist Church are in the news. One thing that seems not to be evident is that the LGBTQ issue dominating the coverage is NOT the main issue.

What is unseen is the fact that orthodox commands (orthodox — of a person or their views, especially religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved ) are the issue.

The present argument is between scriptural value as opposed to cultural acceptance. In a society where Christianity is disappearing as a way of life and biblical principles are on the way out, these values are less and less accepted by a growing “if it feels good, do it” society.

So, what is the issue? Quite simply, if one orthodox command is negated, what is next? The United Methodist Church has, and does, stand for the authority of scripture as found in the Judeo-Christian Bible.

That Bible gives instruction for how we live. It does not change for the whims of public opinion. That is not our word, but the Word of God. Christians, including United Methodists, accept and believe it, and do our best to live it. God will bless America when America blesses God.

M. Bryan Rice

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