Trust the SpiritBy Joyce Hostetler Goshen, Ind.
It is difficult to understand why the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board cannot trust the Spirit to work in congregations and conferences that do not agree with it. Board members seem to think “the church’s organizational structure and official agreements” are more important than “Mountain States Mennonite Conference’s work to discern the voice of the Spirit” and the conference’s “sincere desire to follow Christ” (quotes are from the board’s official statement). Do they think congregations and conferences cannot be trusted to discern God’s will? That is sad — and perhaps not very Anabaptist.
Congregations that are “welcoming and inclusive” are doing God’s work. These churches are overflowing with the fruits and gifts of the Spirit and growing in numbers. The Spirit is with them!
I also don’t understand why congregations say they will leave MC USA if everyone does not believe exactly as they do. I wonder: What would Jesus do? Maybe ask us simply to disagree in love. Then we would have a lot more time and energy to share God’s good news.
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