Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Pray for the Methodists in Fiji

Apparently, the government there has ordered the Methodist Church there to cancel their annual meeting in August, contending that the church is trying to destabilize the military government.  "Inciteful issues" are going to be discussed at the conference, evidently.  What's more, their president says "no conference until politics leaves the pulpits."  Which is weird, because as a practicing Methodist, he should know that politics definitely has a place in the pulpits.  (I hate to think what would be the case if the UCC had a conference in Fiji - politics in the pulpits is pretty much our thing.)

That's why I want to give an "attaboy" to the Methodist Church if this is indeed true.  Church and government should be in tension with one another.  But pray for them nonetheless.  This cannot bode well for religious freedom in Fiji.

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