What if a Bishop refused to find appointments for female clergy?
What if a Pastor decided they were unwilling to officiate inter-racial marriages?
All of United Methodism would lose their ever loving minds. And rightly so.
Here is the deal, if the 2019 GC embraces any sort of local option with regards to questions of human sexuality, what it is really doing is making the official position of the church one in which homosexual practice is affirmed while at the same time, sanctioning church-blessed discrimination.
This is wholly unacceptable. It is every bit as unacceptable as if we were to say that Pastors, churches, conferences, and jurisdictions can decide whether or not they will do interracial marriages or refuse to ordain female clergy.
I am just a thirty year old dude from Central Ohio, and my opinion, my experience, my best guess should not be able to override the wisdom of the global church.
In 2019 we can keep our language the way it is or we can change it, and either way will be okay.
But if the wisdom of the global church leads to a change in official theology and language while not only allowing, but sanctioning discrimination, then woe to us.
Squatting on a swedish ball: a better idea than the local option