Tuesday, June 4, 2013
CYA in the PCUSA
"Am I my brother's keeper?"
I've almost finished my 8th year as an undershepherd on the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois.
It seems like I've just started; especially because it took nearly that long to identify, isolate, and pret' near overcome two of the church's sins that have been poisoning and paralyzing it for too long.
#1 - There was a long, long, long history of people who could not serve unless they were leading; or as their actions betrayed, "If I don't get my way, I'll just quit!"
#2 - There were too many posers who pretended it's possible to hate people for Christ's sake.
Most churches, like ours, remain poisoned and paralyzed until dealing with those sins in a 1 John 1-2 kinda way.
There's a sin in the PCUSA like all other franchises that bridges socioeconomics and even ideologies masquerading as Biblical Christology.
Essentially, as long as nobody's causing problems for me/us in my/our church, I'm/we're not gonna identify, isolate, and seek to overcome problems in other churches that could cause problems for me/us if we identify, isolate, and seek to remedy problems in other churches.
So much for the body of Christ.
You know what I mean; and if you don't, you're even more selfishly oblivious than Cain.
Anyway/anymore, I can't stand by and watch churches allow a few miscreants aka demonically oppressed/possessed self-righteous-self-seeking megalomaniacs to destroy 'em; making a mockery out of the authentic confession, conduct, and countenance of Christianity that never affirms/condones that innocent bystander, uh, stuff that served as a throne for Job.
John 13:34-35 summarizes much of that more-than-a-sentiment pour moi.
CYA just doesn't seem to be a part of any ethic connected to Him.
Case(s) in point.
I'm just not gonna sit by and soak in my own vocational safety and security when sisters/brothers in my franchise are being emotionally and vocationally raped by a few unchecked miscreants aka demonically oppressed/possessed self-righteous-self-seeking megalomaniacs in their-really-His churches.
Sooooooo I've decided-felt-called/compelled to look up, stand up, speak up, and act up on their behalf.
Justice/love/leadership/whatever/ya/wanna/call/it calls/compels me to "deny...take up...and...follow..."
MLKJr's last 18 sentences on 4/3/68 won't allow me to sit in the pews and enter the pulpit anymore in a twiddling my thumbs kinda way as the good guys are being butchered by the bad guys and no one's goin'/comin' to their defense because of that CYA sin.
I'm gonna use every constitutional-rules-of-order tool available in my franchise to make sure the miscreants confess and repent as prerequisite to restoration of their "good standing" concomitant to searching for another victim, uh, pastor.
Maybe it's because I ride my pony without a helmet.
Maybe it's because I'm not afraid of the big bad wolf.
Maybe it's because I really believe I will spend a lot longer time with Jesus than anybody else in the end.
Maybe I've just lost it.
Don't really know for sure.
All I know is there ain't no singular scapegoats in dysfunctional churches; and I am determined to do my small part in a John 3:19-21 kinda way with a little John 7:7 mixed in.
How can I be so brazen when I've got these logs in my...?
Paul did it.
Compare Romans 7:14-25 to Romans 16:17-20.
Even if I'm a false witness by personal example in too many ways, that's really no excuse for not telling the truth.
"As you do it for them, you do it for Me."
Blessings and Love!