This is in response to Sarah Howell’s essay “We Need ‘Call to Holiness’ More than Call to Action” (Reporter, April 13).
I completely concur with Ms. Howell’s thoughts on the UMC’s “dark night of the soul.” I do believe, as Ms. Howell states, that when church members fear change, they fear “losing God,” as if God could ever be lost when worship is sincere.
The crisis in the United Methodist Church is not from declining membership, as older members die out and younger folks aren’t buying what we’re selling. It’s a true crisis from within, from power brokering by unkind Christians who are absolutely certain that their way is the best way, while lost, unchurched and biblically-confused souls go elsewhere for entertainment and temporary relief.
Let’s please not hoard our monies, but use them, trusting that if we are truly carrying out the Great Commission, we will thrive in God’s world.