President’s Message for Website: September 2020
Announcement: Our Annual Conference normally held every November will not take place in Myrtle Beach at our usual venue. Instead, our twelfth annual conference will be held on Saturday November 7 from 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. At 7:00 p.m. of that same day we will have our virtual ordination service for Floid Giddings and Lisa Pettus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Rethinking Church in a Covid Era”.
Many of us were unable to meet for traditional services in our churches during this Covid Era because we do not want to endanger our own lives or the lives of our brothers and sisters. What is God’s plan for us and what is God teaching us in these challenging times, are some of the questions uppermost in the minds of serious Christians. I hope we can explore some of these issues and other relevant issues during this year’s conference.
Brothers and Sisters, today we stand on the brink of unprecedented times- living in the midst of a global pandemic, historic climate challenges and the open exhibition a level of hate and animosity not seen in recent times in the history of the United States. Unfortunately, many Christians are unwitting participants in this culture of vitriol. We must as bible believing Christians address these concerns from a balanced standpoint- one of honesty, truth, objectivity- free from the influences of political partisanship and personal biases.
We at NMM are strong enough and have enough faith in the Bible to boldly use words like love, compassion, grace, forgiveness, truth, justice, science, data and equality of all me. When one suffers we all suffer because we are intricately interwoven in the fabric of humanity and more so in the body of Christ. We suffer with each person who died lonely and alone in a Covid sealed room, we suffer with each child who has been separated from their parents, we identify with each law enforcement officer who suffered in their line of duty and we identify equally with those who suffered discrimination and death at the hands of defective law enforcement. Those who have lost jobs and income during this period remain in our prayers and the depression and isolation we all experience at this time of human experience.
What we cannot identify with are the religious leaders who try to ride to power on the back of the tiger, not realizing that eventually they will end up in its belly. We find it difficult to sympathize with those who are gullible enough to believe that drinking Clorox will cure the virus or indulge in other non-scientific, non-medical pseudo-cures. The church of the dark ages propagated such practices. With the help of the Lord and through the work of His Holy Spirit, we believe that we can work with God through these difficult times and find solutions for a new era.
We as a ministry are equipped with astute theologians, computer scientists, engineers, lawyers, communication practitioners, leadership experts and clerical and lay participants to honestly discuss the issues facing us at present.
Scripture: “But when God found fault with the people, he said,… But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives saying, ‘you should know the Lord.’ For everyone from the least to the greatest will know me already.” (Heb. 8: 8 & 10-11)