Methodist Church To Remove Bibles And Pictures Of Jesus After Discovering Offensive Quotes
The United Methodist Church has decided that it will no longer use Bibles in services or allow pictures of Jesus to be hung prominently in their church buildings. This decision comes in an environment where anyone in the public eye who ever posted something of questionable quality on their social media page is now being fired, ostracized, and generally gutted from the cultural memory.
The UMC, which has long struggled with some core values of Christianity, has taken this moment in history to distance itself from some of the controversial figures and writings of the Church.
"It is disturbing to find out what we have about the Bible and Jesus," says Rev. Diane Chandler of St. John's UMC just outside of Louisville, KY. "We know Jesus was an important figure in church history. But Christianity is about much more than Jesus. It is about feeding the hungry and housing the homeless. It is about affirming people regardless of their sexuality. And frankly, for all that Jesus did... he never did those things. He called a woman a dog. He shamed another woman by revealing her sin of promiscuity. We can't promote someone whose values differ so much from our own."
Dr. Gerald Warner, a professor at Duke Divinity School and regular 'religion contributor' on the History Channel adds, "It isn't just Jesus who said and did some questionable and offensive things, but the Bible in general is very uncharitable. There is a passage in the New Testament where the apostle Paul says that if people don't engage in work, they should not eat. There are many who show up to church in America that do not work. What if they hear in a sermon that they should starve to death? Are they likely to come back? I don't think so. It is time to break with these traditional writings and replace them with more compassionate works that reflect 21st century values."
Rev. Chandler says the news will come as a shock to the 13 members who will show up on Sunday. "In fact, over half of the people in our church stopped reading and bringing their Bibles years ago. So maybe the news won't be as devastating as it once would have been."