I have mentally debated posting anything on this for a long time, but today one side has finally won out over the other. (Though the other side might stage a coup and remove this post–messy battles, these things can be!)
It is an unwritten part of my self-enforced policy here on my blog not to write anything concerning other “Church of God” groups. I’ve been planning a “Q & A” page for this blog for some time, and that might be a good place for elaborating on those reasons, though I will pass on that at this time.
But at the same time (and please forgive my vagueness), I know enough people who are hurting, questioning, and confused at this particular time in a particular organization and trying to decide what to do that I feel stirred to say something, if only out of concern for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ I care for, and I know that some of you going through that trial read this blog on occasion. I won’t go into detail about why I think the difficulty has arisen, or even state my opinions here at all. It’s not that I don’t have strong beliefs about it–of course, I do. It’s just that I think those of you out there have enough self-appointed “teachers” volunteering their unrequested opinions and “analysis,” that I don’t see how adding my little voice to the cacophonous chorus currently yelling at you would be helpful to you at all, let alone welcome. Sometimes a conversation over a cup of coffee really is better than a “conversation” with a bullhorn, and the internet–in even the most cozy of forums–is about as “bullhorn” as you can get. (Admittedly, I would order a Dr Pepper instead of a coffee, but you probably get my point.)
Rather, to those of you in the middle of all of this stuff I simply want to say that I know what you are going through is hard and many people I know are praying for you. So, in those moments when you are on your knees in prayer, trying to make sense of everything and looking to Him to guide you, I just want you to know that there are many who are praying alongside you in spirit.
It might seem odd that I would post just to say that–in fact, it might even sound self-serving, and, if so, I apologize, since I sure don’t mean it that way. I just know how much it always means to me to hear someone tell me that they are praying for the telecast–more than I can communicate in words, I imagine–and as I reflect on that it tells me that this might be an opportunity I have to similarly encourage many of you who are going through this circumstance.
Thanks, and have a wonderful Sabbath.