Acts of Hate
The world has been inundated with acts of hate in recent years. Persons from around the world have lashed out in anger and fear, persecuting those whom they see as different, such as:
Thousands of stories appear around the world in the media where persons have acted out of fear and bigotry to harm others emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually. Jesus said: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you" (Luke 6:27 NRSV). Instead of taking lives, we are called as Christian people "to lay down our lives for one another" (1 John 3:16 NRSV). We must be willing to walk into the houses of sin and eradicate the sin that tears lives apart.
That is why we as United Methodists must stand in direct opposition to any person or group that would choose to harm another individual's life, liberty, property, or family. We must unite around the world to make a Christian witness that acts against persons because of their national origin, religion, gender, age, race, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated. We will then "Commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons" (¶ 161G Social Principles).
Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Conference of The United Methodist Church reaffirms its historical commitment not to tolerate acts of hate inside or outside the church. The church shall respond to the victims and the perpetrators of these acts with compassion as witnessed in Jesus Christ. We oppose any and all acts of hate, or attempts to make people feel of less worth, fear for their well-being, or lose spiritual presence in their lives.
Further, be it resolved that, The United Methodist Church, with assistance from the appropriate boards, agencies, and local churches continue to educate:
Be it further resolved, that the members of The United Methodist Church,
See Social Principles, ¶ 162A.
From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church — 2004. Copyright © 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.