- by Dr. John Fletcher -
“Sometimes I wonder if I’m in the right church.”
A friend of mine overheard one of the delegates at the Louisiana Annual Conference saying these words just after the defeat of a proposal condemning same-sex marriage. In light of recent events, the proposal’s sponsors felt the need to reaffirm the denomination’s endorsement of heterosexual marriage alone. A copy of the proposal was to be sent as a letter to various state newspapers.
After a brief debate, the conference voted the measure down. In response to this, the delegate (who had supported the measure) sighed, “Sometimes I wonder if I’m in the right church.”
I can sympathize with the sentiment. I am a self-avowed, practicing United Methodist who is openly and unapologetically gay. As such, I am particularly aware of the precarious nature of my place in the UMC. I have occasionally been obliged to ask myself whether I’m in the right church.