We lose about 500 readers almost immediately…we rebuild a bit and then I say something else and we lose 500 more.
I will, however, keep speaking… for the same reason that I spoke out against abuses in the church.
The love of Christ compels me as does my love of the church.
I believe that we are judged as individuals and as a nation by how we respond to those who are oppressed and marginalized…I believe that because I believe that is what Scripture teaches.
I can’t and won’t play the game necessary for “success” in social media today.
That game is as follows…you take one side of the political divide in this country and you write radically and constantly against the other side.
You take the most ridiculous examples of partisan nonsense and make them appear as the norm for those who are now your “opponents”.
You lie if it fits the moment because no one will remember the lie tomorrow because you are shrill enough to divert attention from fact checking.
In reality, no one cares if you lie or not, as long as you’re on their side.
I’m not on anyone’s side all the time.
I reject both sides of this binary as both have shown no regard for Christ or Christian ethics.
I am not a Democrat or a Republican, a progressive or a conservative…I’m an alien, a man in exile waiting for another country and another kingdom.
I’m not for open borders or a wall…I am for seeking compassionate solutions to an issue that isn’t going to go away.
More than anything else I’m someone seeking the mind of Christ on how I’m to respond to our problems as both a citizen and as a pastor.
I’m confident that part of His way is not to demonize each other or any “others” to make political hay.
I wish I could say that I don’t care how many leave this community, but that would be a lie, too.
God drafted me into the ministry because I do care…but He didn’t draft me to play the same game the culture plays for my comfort and popularity.
For those who have departed, your absence is felt and noted.
For those still here, thank you and blessings on you.
We’ll be here tomorrow too…