Claremont School of Theology (a United Methodist Church seminary) has recently announced it’s University Project. I have several good friends in the UMC, and I was a youth pastor in a United Methodist Church for four years, so I struggle with how to adequately respond to this. Look at this statement from their announcement:
We aim to instill our students with a strong sense of their own religious identities and the integrity of the religious traditions that they represent, while simultaneously teaching them to recognize the legitimacy and integrity of the other religious traditions which they will encounter at Claremont and the world beyond. (emphasis mine)
So a United Methodist seminary – or let’s even scope that out a little – a Christian seminary is now training religious leaders for the Muslim faith, the Jewish faith, the Hindu faith, and the Buddhist faith. Something’s wrong with this picture.
While I served at a UMC church, the slogan for the denomination was “Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors.” I’m afraid they (at the very least “they” meaning the Board of Trustees at Claremont – though it is still a UMC approved institution) left their mind so open that their brain has completely fallen out.
The Muslim faith does not recognize Jesus as the Christ. Nor does the Jewish faith, the Hindu faith, or the Buddhist faith. Does that make them unloveable? No. Does it lesson their value as people? No. But it absolutely places them on a different team.
In a culture when common thought believes that any and all faiths point to the same God, this stupid move on the part of a “Christian Institution” backed and supported by a major denomination continues to minimize the Savior King Jesus in the name of diversity.
Come quickly Lord Jesus. Your children have a knack for being morons.