Hey everyone…. Many of you may not be aware of this, but the end of the month is the deadline for all classes of the Reformed Church in America to take their votes on whether or not to pass last year’s General Synod vote to make the Belhar Confession our fourth Standard of Faith. There are still just a handful of classes that have not yet completed their votes, and perhaps you are in one of them.
I would just like to plead, on behalf of one relatively young, incoming pastor into the denomination, to please vote YES to the Belhar. In my opinion, it has the enormous potential to guide and shape our worship, our faith, and the focus of our mission to a broken and dying world in the new century–which is what our confessions are meant to do.
I encourage you, also, not to just read the Belhar Confession with critical eyes (although we should criticize it… and think it holds up against the critique). Read it also with prayerful eyes. Also, please do not make any decisions based on the Belhar until after reading the accompanying letter that has gone out with it. It is excellent.
I am just one person, but there are many others like me. I would be more than happy to discuss the Belhar with anyone who is still “on the fence,” to hear your concerns and to exchange thoughts, and perhaps even dreams.
You can respond to this blog; you can use Twitter @jlundewhitler and direct message me, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks. Shalom and Blessings.