I was preparing to write a post on the recent proposal to settle the UMC's dispute over homosexuality by allowing individual churches, clergy, and conferences to decide for themselves what to do on this matter. Then I read David F. Watson's post on the proposal. I simply could not have written anything better. So, I am linking into his post for your consideration.
I agree with David-- "This is essentially a congregationalist approach to ethics and certain ecclesial practices in a denomination that is not congregationalist in its polity. While Baptists strongly value the autonomy of the local church, this has never been a core value of United Methodism."
As much as many of us would like to focus on matters of making disciples, we must continue this discussion to find a way forward. The Way Forward proposal is not in keeping with our core ecclesial convictions as Wesleyans and United Methodists. If I wanted to be a Congregationalist, I would not be a United Methodist.
David's post can be read here.
The local option proposal can be read here.