This post could apply to any church, any denomination, or any institution. We sit around and point fingers at the government and others in power, but we fail to acknowledge the role we play maintaining the status quo.
When my team and I came up with the convention theme, Love is a Verb, we came up with the theme as people: People who love other people and people who believe in the message of the gospel. Not this gospel that that we’ve learned in our seminaries. Not this gospel that we’ve studied in our antiseptic classrooms or read as theories in a book. We truly believe in the gospel—the good news—the living presence of God: A presence that not only transforms, but heals and shows grace.
As we pondered the theme, we believed that love is shown not in simply paying homage to some ancient text, but that love is shown through our actions. Love the verb models the example of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. This theme is so much bigger than one corporate entity.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.—1 John 3:18