A short time after I'd been hounded from the 'church', someone apologised to me because they felt they had not been supportive enough of me while I was in leadership. This person explained that they had had experience of being in leadership in that context and said to me, "I know that church leadership can be brutal."
At the time, I accepted the apology at face value and moved on.
But in recent months, those words have been haunting me.
And in light of the latest revelations regarding a certain
The person who uttered them to me meant well. They were trying, in their own way, to offer comfort and at the time I received the words in that vein. But I've been thinking about what those words really mean.
That the people of God, to whom Christ gave the commandment to love one another, and who should be identified by that love (John 13:34-35) are, instead, known for their brutality toward one another.
And we see this as normal… inevitable… acceptable.
What, in the name of God, is wrong with us!?