General Conference this time around has been a much different experience for me than when I was in Fort Worth in 2008. As part of the Young Person’s Address I was pressured to be careful what I said and whom I said it to. This time, I am in Tampa as a visitor with no official responsibilities, which has been wonderful and at the same time frustrating.
Trust me, I am aware of the irony of what I’m about to say…
Everywhere I go, everywhere I sit, I hear people complaining about other people and using destructive language…and it’s only day one!
“What an idiot.”
“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
“Would she just shut up already?”
Seriously? This is the body of people who are supposed to represent the United Methodist Church to the rest of the entire human population? No wonder many of our churches are struggling…
Obviously this doesn’t represent a significant number of our delegates but these types of attitudes seem to spread like a virus throughout an organism…and we are the body of Christ aren’t we?