And hot hot hot.
So I'm doing my middle of the night pottering around thing.
Before I go on, I want to thank those of you who took time out to ponder on the question in my last post.
Your comments make fascinating reading: grace seems to be the keynote, and rightly so.
Just a couple of things before I move on:
# Please dont think I was targetting the Catholic church in particular. In fact, it is not my intention to criticise any church.
Simply to try to understand how things work.
# Without labouring the point, I get that fellow "congregants" should accept each other and extend grace (Lord knows, we all need it!) but my puzzlement is really about how leadership should handle known damaging stuff thats going down in the own churches.
Let me give you another example - also true, also from years ago:
It became known that a highly regarded family man, who was in the second row every Sunday with his wife and 5 children, all of the family very much involved in church life, was sexually abusing his teenage daughter.
And had been for years.
What then was the role of the leadership?
What about a case where a wife has to cover her bruises each time she goes to church because of an abusive husband?
Where there is a kind of life style or behaviour pattern that is destructive
Should the leadership take action?
If so, what action?
My sympathy for pastors is huge
Whatever course of action they take, there are bound to be people who will be outraged.
Anyway, its a "hot potato" topic so I think I will move right along.
PS: @ M - yes, great idea.
I'd love to have a good long look at that topic soon
@ Elizabeth - I'm glad to hear things are so different these days. Unfortunately its too late for my friend who died a couple of years ago.
@ Family - love what you had to say. The huge factor in the prodigal's story is his repentance though. That is not always the case, and therein lies the rub!