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Nov 17 2012

JohnLeek.com: The United Methodist Church is like Twinkie?

Original post at http://www.johnleek.com/2012/11/the-united-methodist-church-is-like.html


Massive liabilities and collapse facilitated by inflexibility and outright denial of changing circumstances?

That sounds to me like the most pessimistic views of our United Methodist Church in America. They're true of Twinkie.



1. Hostess' structure is outdated.
2. It's saddled with past obligations which were made in good faith, but don't look possible going forward.
3. They lose market share and overall sales every year.
4. Everybody seems willing to change a little, but not enough to save the company (or heaven forbid find health again.)

The United Methodist Church offers a far better "product" (reconciliation w/ God and other people), but the principle is still the same.

People want that, their restless hearts cry out for that and they'll find "something," to feed that. In the case of Hostess, people will continue to desire awful for them junk food. The article above points out that another company may very well purchase the rights to their products and produce them like they have before, but their popularity will likely take another hit after the nostalgia wears off. People will get used to a substitute before then.

Likewise, there are many options for restless hearts. Many of those are "junk food" including consumerism and ways of faith that know nothing of a living Jesus. Thankfully, there are dozens of Wesleyan denominations, including a few that are growing!, that are also reaching people. There are also thousands of other denominations seeking to bring people to that place of freedom and joy through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.

I do believe the United Methodist Church is the best way to reach our nation and transform lives and communities. That's why I've chosen to seek ordination in our UMC and why I hope and pray that we find the active work of the Holy Spirit can dislodge us from a slow death to a living organization with new life!

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