Mr. Mefford truthfully representing GBCS values January 22.

January 23, 2015

Christians March for Life Plus Some Methodist Mockery

Yesterday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. was a tremendous day both as a demonstration for human rights and a display of Christian unity. Catholic bishops marched with Anglican bishops and Orthodox clergy, with Lutheran and Southern Baptist leaders.

In the morning I attended an Evangelicals for life seminar co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Commission, featuring its leader Russell Moore and Hispanic Evangelical Samuel Rodriguez. March for Life President Jeanne Monahan, a Catholic with an angelic disposition, thanked Evangelicals for their ecumenical solidarity. Moore smilingly explained that future matches don’t need fewer rosaries but do need more Evangelicals. A fiery young Southern Baptist pastor shared his testimony of complicity in the “murder” of his own child by abortion at age 21, after which he sought God’s mercy.

Back at the IRD office, 12 Anglican bishops, including Archbishop Foley Beach, joined us for brunch in what has become a cherished annual tradition. Afterwards, IRD staff and bishops together joined many thousands for the march down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, the unofficial pro-life caucus of United Methodism hosted its annual service in the Methodist Building chapel. United Methodist theologian Edgardo Col√≥n-Emeric of Duke Divinity School delivered a thoughtful message on the “luminosity of life,” citing St. Thomas Aquinas. General Board of Church and Society chief Susan Henry Crowe, even though her agency is not pro-life, courteously attended the service.

Sadly, one of her colleagues was less courteous. Her agency’s “Director of Civil and Human Rights” Bill Mefford tweeted a sarcastic photo of himself outside among pro-life marchers with a sign proclaiming: “I March for Sandwiches.” His tweet further explained: “I was inspired by the march for life to march for what I believe in!”

Har-har-har, and no doubt he did. Mefford’s bio on the GBCS website explains his job entails opposing the death penalty. But while defending several hundred convicted murderers evidently is imperative, the nearly 1 million unborn children destroyed every year in America apparently are a topic of mirth.

Unfortunately, Mefford’s sign and tweet embody the lack of moral seriousness in much of modern Methodism’s social witness. Some day, this church’s social witness will be redeemed. Some day.

But Mefford’s antic in no way detracted from the powerful Christian witness of more dignified church leaders. Check out some photos below, especially the robed Anglican bishops in a prayer circle.

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14 Responses to Christians March for Life Plus Some Methodist Mockery

  1. Matt Kellon Robinson says:

    So happy and proud that Dr. Colon-Emeric, one of our Proffs at Duke, was there supporting this righteous cause.

  2. yolo says:

    How sick can somebody be to bring a sandwich into this? A sandwich?

    And this is the guy that advocates for the condemned? I wonder what he says about the victims?! I wonder what he compares the victims’ family to, witnesses of the execution of the condemned?

  3. Pudentiana says:

    Mr. Mefford was once an unborn. He must wonder why his mom chose him over a “sandwich”.

  4. Palamas says:

    Mefford no doubt also mocked the people who marched in Ferguson, the people who marched in New York, and the 1963 March on Washington led by the recently commemorated Dr. King. Mefford is typical of the jackassery that passes for leadership in the UMC these days.

  5. Palamas says:

    Mefford has apologized. I wrote this at his blog:

    Bill, thanks for your apology. I’m all for humor, but next time you should remember the golden rule. Ask yourself this: how would you have responded if the marchers in Ferguson or New York this past fall had been met with mockery? I suspect you would not have appreciated it. Even if one disagreed with them, the seriousness of the situation demanded respect. Same with the March for Life.

    http://jeremiahweeping.blogspot.com/2015/01/my-mea-culpa.html?showComment=1422022489120#c3090179425045978371

  6. the_enemy_hates_clarity says:

    So part of the offering I put in the plate each week goes to pay this guy’s salary? My daughter was at the march this year. My son has been before and regretted he couldn’t go this year. As Christians, they are strongly committed to life, and they walk the walk. I am so proud of them. Mr. Mefford, on the other hand, even though twice their age, was acting like a buffoon.

    In Christ,

    The enemy hates clarity

    • John S. says:

      Ohh, you should see all the places UMC money goes and the actions it supports. Just remember, looking under rocks is often unpleasant and sometimes dangerous.

    • SisterSincerity says:

      Yes, I was aware that the Methodist Church was abandoning God to become just another branch of Marxist politics, but I thought it important that God-loving, Bible-believing Christians stay in the Methodist Denomination to work from within. A perusal of Mefford’s articles on the GBCS site has shown me what a fool I have been.

  7. Honey Badger says:

    I am very unlikely to ever join a Methodist church precisely because of people like Bill Mefford.

  8. I was glad to see this public apology from Susan Henry-Crowe: http://umc-gbcs.org/press-releases/cultivating-a-culture-of-respect Mefford’s stunt was not out of character, but reflected the attitude with which the GBCS has long uncritically and enthusiastically supported the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) in its political agenda of treating taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand through all stages of pregnancy as a sacred right that is above even any moral criticism.

  9. OhJay says:

    I say, you are dead right about the sandwich man. Whichever side of the issue a person is on, it’s a serious matter. We often say that people of good faith can disagree, but I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who thinks the discussion is an opportunity for humor. How a person can make a joke out of it is really beyond me.

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