As any regular reader will know I love being a Methodist Minister. I get to be part of some fantastic Churches focused on Mission. I get to work with amazing people whose commitment to the Gospel is fantastic. I rejoice in being part of the Methodist people whose love and commitment is wonderful.
So I just don't understand why a Methodist Local Preacher would treat someone else as we see in Any stick to beat the Jews with where David Hallam refers to a fellow Methodist, Richard Hall, as "the anti-Jewish Methodist blogger".
I invite you to read Richards blog to see if you can find any justification for this attack. Richard has been entirely consistent in his views and non of them are anti-Jewish.
Instead he has consistently and politely stood against David Hallam's threatened law suit against the Methodist Church and has supported the resolutions made by the Methodist Conference this summer that urge a boycott on the goods produced in illegal settlements in the West Bank. He (and the Methodist Church) have made this clear that this is not a stand against Jews but against illegal settlements by the state of Israel.
Instead of disagreeing in any kind of Christian or even in a reasonable secular way David Hallam seems to now be conducting a hate campaign against Richard.
This is so far outside my experience of Methodism that I am floundering around not knowing how to respond. What is the loving and peaceful response to someone within the Church who is being so publicly hateful to another in the Church?
One response is that I will be spending more time praying for Richard and for David and I urge others to do the same. Beyond that I just do not know at the moment.