Much of life’s struggles and lack of congregational vitality center around this basic principle—stewardship verses ownership. Until General Conference approves new ways for Bishops, pastors, and congregations to continue as stewards, then “raiding trees,” grasping, clinging, and seeking to own are wrong because they are beyond what God has made permissible for stewards.
When I believe that I am the primary one doing the “holding on to,” I tend to be less healthy, and less likely to be able to move forward. But as we recognize that Jesus is the primary One doing the holding, we find ourselves continually being called to invite our brothers & sisters-in-Christ to go “Galilee” and meet Jesus there! I know of no more wonderful of a way for Easter People--Resurrection People--to live in this world! Amen.