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Of this demographic change, UCC leaders seem oblivious. In a speech last month at Gettsyburg College, UCC President John Thomas blasted conservative religious influence.
“There is the generalized sense in the culture that Christianity means a relatively conservative portrait of the Gospel,” Thomas complained. “What people see on television, they hear on the radio, is a conservative to more right-wing conservative view of politics and religion in general.” Thomas noted that many responded to the UCC’s endorsement of same-sex “marriage” with “amazement.” For too many, church means “no,” he observed. Apparently, the UCC wants to provide an alternative “Yes!”
Endlessly including, affirming, and declaring “Yes!” the declining UCC has been rewarded with only further membership loss and growing apathy. A church trying to catch up with the secular culture, instead of adhering to its historic doctrines, almost always enters a hamster wheel that leads nowhere.
Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C.
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