United Methodism is in a slow-motion split. For members and pastors who remain United Methodists for now, what do integrity and faithfulness look like in this transitional season?
It is clear that the Global Methodist Church will be the home for United Methodists with traditional, biblical, doctrinal and moral standards, while the post-separation United Methodist Church will increasingly radicalize, on more issues than just gay weddings.
But just because we may personally expect to be in another denomination at some point in the future is no reason we cannot defend biblical faithfulness in our own church, until the day it is no longer our church.
God always calls Christians to defend faithfulness and integrity wherever we are, for however long we are there. There is never a period when it is bad for Christians, even United Methodists, to defend faithfulness and integrity, or when it is commendable for a Christian to support or participate in unfaithfulness.
While some liberal…