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  1. filistine says:

    thanks for the coherent, noble thoughts. It is perplexing that simple basic expectations of leadership can be so elusive–when they are clearly printed in scripture. Not rocket science. Those you speak of in #1 suffer from inertia–they are bodies at rest & will remain at rest unless acted upon. They avoid change & discomfort. Taking a stand for the Church, biblical standards, and righteousness is too intimidating for these folks. Attacking a faceless soul on the internet who dares push them to act is simple defensiveness. And arrogance. It is a sad state of affairs–as is much of the other nonsense that passes for modern day christian expression.

    regarding #9–outside the camp is exactly the definition of the scapegoat. You’re a welcome member of the congregation of the prophets…

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, fil.

    I confess that I am exhausted by it all…and find fewer and fewer folks willing to camp with me…

  3. DavidM says:

    I am with you on this, Michael. What you’ve written is what I would call Biblical common sense. It is simple, and as such, an indictment against anyone who would embrace “another gospel”. I’m so saddened that so many of my long-time Christian friends so easily abandon the standards of Christian behavior in order to fully cheer on their political candidate or their absurd conspiracy theories.

  4. Michael says:

    DavidM,

    It’s a sad time in Christian history…the world is discipling the church and we’re more lost than we know.
    Thank you for always being here…

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Heading into the last part of the 20th century we watched the church become hopelessly fractured as people began to go to their various corners on social issues. Currently the church is not merely fractured, it is broken. It no longer knows its mission and purpose. This is true, not only with regard to so-called evangelicals, but it is true within the main stream as well. The movement that has attached itself to politics is no longer anything that resembles Christianity. It is a heresy, and a damned heresy at that. Yes, a remnant remains, but they are scattered, and will soon become the subject of abuse by those who think they have won on the secular battlefield. What was once the witness of the church is being abandoned, and placed in the hands of the ignorant and violent…

  6. Michael says:

    Duane,

    I agree…the question I wrestle with is how to respond.
    Hopefully, it will be easier to love our enemies when they used to be friends…

  7. Jenn Johnson says:

    I so appreciate your words, although they are heartbreaking.

  8. Michael says:

    Jenn,

    Thank you…and welcome.

  9. Anne says:

    Precious Michael:
    Have you ever considered that you may be just getting use to living in a more important camp?
    Perhaps not as highly visible as former camps you’ve passed through. Desiring to respond to all that concerns you with love & wisdom is a wonderful place to pitch your tent. Just sayin’….

  10. Michael says:

    Anne,

    I do prefer the company here… 🙂

  11. JTK says:

    I’m late to the party again…

    It’s such an enigma…
    I can admit you’re right on so many fronts.

    However, let me says this that doesn’t necessarily contradict you as it runs along a parallel line where both are true.

    The best Christian character I see is in some of the people in my local church. So much so that I can only look to the universal church for Christian character, I don’t see as pure a version of it anywhere else.

    But putrid character in the church always will be disgusting.

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