Character is displayed in actions

So… this post has caused somewhat of a stir today.

And to be honest it has been nice to be involved in what I feel has been a fairly gracious dialogue between 2 differing opinions.

That is, of course, until I discovered the reason for the stir. Someone has posted a link to the post on a discussion forum on this site and started a discussion of my ‘young idealism’ and how I must be one of the ‘Twenty somethings who just lap it up at seminary’. But all of that I’m ok with.

It’s this comment that saddens and infuriates me

I read her testimony…one of those “light from dark” experiences, and that can often cause someone to run to the extremes, in a desire to be completely sold out (been there, got the t-shirt…*wince, wince*)…

To the person who wrote that and the people who read it and think that its ok – I am happy to dialogue with people who disagree with my theology. I am happy for you to make snide remarks about it to your friends, in an effort to feel superior to me. But that you think its ok to take someone’s personal experience of the love and grace of Jesus and make fun of it, speaks volumes of your character.

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2 thoughts on “Character is displayed in actions

  1. I am so sorry for any pain any comments might have caused you. I know the people commenting, and assure you that the comments were not meant in a snide way. The people commenting have, truly, “been there, done that, got the t-shirt,” in ways you can’t imagine. The person who said the quote that you found painful had spent a long time in an abusive relationship to a complementarian husband who used his “role” to hurt her.

    It is a true statement to say that sometimes, in our zeal to run far away from what we once were, before Christ, we run to an opposite spectrum (in our desire to be fully His!) and in the process, run out of His arms, so to speak. The pit on the one side is the worldliness aspect we once knew…dangerous, absolutely.

    But the pit on the other side is no less dangerous—the pit of legalism, of the Pharisees, of “getting it right,” the pit where our zeal for holiness, for being right, causes us to miss the realness and fullness of grace.

    I certainly can’t speak for any one commenter, but I know for certain that comment you refer to wasn’t made in a mocking way, but in a sorrowful way, from someone who has been through much pain and suffering, who once knew clearly that complementarianism was The Right Way…but ended up being wrong… and paying for it with more than was bargained for. There was no desire to hurt you or to mock you or your relationship with God.

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