I share your frustration. I know how much we all want to see the church shake free of the bonds of traditionalism and westernized, “consumer Christianity” as Craig Hicks rightly identifies it. We want to see the church become a counter-culture force that preaches the good news to the poor, brings relief to the suffering, and hope to the defeated. I know that bringing this about often seems like nailing jello to a tree. However, the next time you think that you have had it…when you just don’t believe that it is worth another disagreement, when all of the concerns seem so trivial and you could chuck it and never darken the door of a church building again…remember this article.
This is the battle that their church has chosen to fight. This is what they care about. This is where they are taking their stand for the faith. Suddenly, any complaints I have with my church leadership seem very, very trivial compared to church leaders who pull things like this.