July 2008 – In May, I wrote the following letter to 61 Christian leaders, mostly heads of denominations.
Let me begin this letter by telling you what it is not. It is not an attempt to raise money, secure power, promote a political agenda, change anyone’s theological beliefs or build a powerful organization.
What then is the purpose? The purpose is to see if Christian leaders of the various denominations can come together to address the very serious issue of what Pope Benedict XVI called “authentic moral values.” (Incidentally, I am an ordained United Methodist minister.) We can see the results of the decline of these values (which some would call traditional Judeo-Christian values) throughout our society.
This decline has come in spite of there being “a church on every corner.” We are failing in our responsibility to be salt and light.
Surely Christian leaders can agree on the Church’s responsibility to promote and defend these basic “authentic moral values.”
So here is my question. Would you (or a representative) be willing to meet together with leaders from other denominations to seek answers as to the best way to address this situation? If the Church fails in its responsibility, then we will surely see the destruction of Western Civilization as we have known it. Two thousand years of influence from the mind of Christ will come to an end.
If you would be willing to come together to make plans on how the Church can best address this situation, please respond. If there is enough interest in such a meeting, I will follow through on an attempt to schedule it. If there is not enough interest, then I will drop my efforts.
Again, my only motivation in this matter is to pass on to our children and our grandchildren what those who have gone before passed on to us.
To make sure that the letter would get the attention needed, I sent it via FedEx overnight.
A month later, four had responded saying they would participate. Two responded saying they would not participate. The other 55 didn’t respond at all. I dropped my efforts.
I will let you draw your own conclusions regarding how to interpret the response.