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In an open letter to the faculty, administrators, students, and alumni at Asbury Theological Seminary, a group of current and former students attacked the seminary for its support of the Traditional Plan at General Conference 2019.
Letter authors decry the restrictions and penalties enacted by the plan as unjust discrimination. They also compare the mandatory penalties of the Traditional Plan to Federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Such laws are criticized by detractors as racist due to disproportionate sentencing of racial minorities. The Asbury activist students and alumni compare the Traditional Plan’s mandatory penalties to the federal laws and seek to find an equivalency between them. They point to the application of the federal laws to excessively incarcerate minorities and draw a parallel to the use of the Traditional Plan to force self-avowed, practicing LGBT clergy out of the UMC. This is a spurious claim because race and ethnicity have no inherent moral dimensions, while sexual behavior does. Christ said to go and make disciples of all nations and all peoples, but he did not ignore the sinful lifestyles in which many people lived (Matthew 28:19, John 4:17-18, John 8:11).
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The authors of the letter inform readers that by either directly assisting the passage of the Traditional Plan or by sitting quietly on the sidelines they have sinned grievously. The authors then go on to, “…confess our culpability in not making space for LGBTQ+ people in our lives, churches, and ministries.”
According to the letter, not sufficiently affirming one’s sexual proclivities, and indeed disagreeing with these choices and proclivities is sin. The specific argument that the authors make is, “…to persecute someone for who they are – for who God has created them to be – is a denial of the Imago Dei within each person.” This is preposterous. Firstly, it can be agreed...
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