Doing What's Best
Updated: Nov 18
By Dr. Bascom Ratliff
Pastor, Parker/Beagle/Fontana United Methodist Churches
As I write this, I note that the election is over. The votes are being counted. Most of us are breathing a big sigh of relief. The past several months have been a difficult time for the church. The United Methodist Church is united no longer. A number of churches who disagree with the UMC’s stance on LGBTQ’s participation in church activities have left to form the Global United Methodist Church. Abortion has now assumed a prominent role in the politics of the nation and the church. And, as might be expected, a number of political organizations are claiming that they alone represent God. The nation is divided. The church is divided. The people are divided. God is not happy.
Despite the division, I am excited in the workings of the Lord. I see a strong commitment to working together to doing what’s best for our church and our community. I see people coming together for fellowship and worship. I see people providing food, comfort, and support for those in need. I see a lot of “Marthas” enthusiastically and lovingly doing the work of Jesus. They are responding to the call of Jesus. They are doing what’s best: For the church. For the community. For their neighbors.
I firmly believe that it is time to stop doing business as usual in our church. It is time to discard the old platitudes and attitudes and behaviors that have stagnated and fragmented our fellowship. It’s time to renew our commitment to a giving and loving God. I would suggest three things we can do immediately.
The first of these is to get out of the house and go to church. Sitting in the pew on Sunday morning speaks volumes about your relationship to the church and to Jesus Christ.
The second suggestion is to do something. Volunteer. Visit a friend. Call a family member. Practice good stewardship. Support the church with your time, effort, and money.
My third suggestion is to simply pray. Make it a practice to talk to God a few minutes every day. Share your hopes, aspirations, and dreams. Thank God for the great and many gifts that he has provided you.
Next, I would encourage you to stand by your the values and beliefs. My hope is that your beliefs are grounded in Scripture. However, whether you can quote Scripture to support your beliefs or not, it is important that you believe in a loving and caring God who commands that we love him and love one another. I believe that, if our behavior is grounded in our love for God, we are in safe ground.
Finally, I encourage you to do what’s right and best and good in your service to God. Serve God without complaining, without blaming, and without expectation. Simply serve God because of your love for God and others. Learn to fully appreciate your relationships. Learn to fully appreciate your freedom to worship. Learn to do good.
When we go about doing the Lord’s work, the rewards will come. God has made some big promises to us. He has promised to love us, protect us, and welcome us to a heavenly home. He has promised us fellowship with Christ and the power of his Holy Spirit. In short, he has promised us his best. Its now time for us to accept his gifts and do our best.
If you want to hear more about God’s love and enjoy a great morning of music and worship, come visit us at the Fontana, Kansas, United Methodist Church on November 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. You will find that we are a Christ-centered church that values our neighbors and preaches the truth.