In The West Wing, a team of rivals takes over the Supreme Court. As our church and society becomes more polarized, what value is there in keeping different voices together? Is the best church still found in contention?
The sooner we get into our heads that the doctrine of the United Methodist Church is not written by–nor honestly representative of–the majority of American United Methodists, but rather is the product of a terrific-but-flawed international political process, the better off we’ll be.
If Traditionalists think they are going to solve the problem by splitting in this way, they’re not. They will bring the “problem” with them wherever they go.
There’s no way to change the Prime Directive, whereas in mainline churches the doctrine can eventually reflect the needs of the many. Covenant, like treason, then becomes a matter of dates.