Jay Makowski spoke during the Stewardship Moment, part of UMC's on-going finance campaign, before the congregation on Sunday, October 15. Below is his transcript:
To begin, I turn to scripture:
__Mark 12:17 “And Jesus answered and said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. “ And they marveled at Him.”
__Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
In my view, there is a secular governing authority (appointed by God) and a non-secular governing authority, or Church, (also appointed by God). It is important to know that my earnings are subject to being taken, granted, with representation, in the form of taxes.
I, thus, render to Caesar, or the governing authority, that which belongs to Caesar, our government. Their authority exists as appointed by God, and I understand that my taxes are often used for public benefit, through secular means, such as hurricane relief (FEMA), roads, and schools, for example, so I am okay with the taxes, despite the fact that they are obligations, and are not given freely.
As a member of the congregation of this church (UUMC), it is also important to remember that my earnings are read more:
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A seminary professor once remarked that “Change happens very slowly and in the church about a hundred years later.” Change is often accompanied by loss, real or imagined. Loss results in grief. Change can be a very emotional process.
In May of 2016, at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon, delegates from all over the world debated changes to our rules around the ordination of non-heterosexual persons and the allowance of same sex weddings in our churches. These changes would affect United Methodists all over the world. The debate became quite emotional at times. Talk of schism was significant. Our bishops tabled all legislation on the topic until a special General Conference can be convened in February of 2019. Whether change comes in 2019 or the status quo is upheld church members and clergy will leave the United Methodist Church. Significant change will be occur regardless of the votes cast. Sometimes change just happens. Read more...
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