It has come to my attention that I have let my thoughts leak out in a potentially offensive manner. So I want to issue a formal apology to my audience.
You need to know that I only write a smidgen of what goes on in my brain because I really do want to steer clear of controversy and not be a thorn in people's side with my ramblings. I really don't want to hurt people's feelings with the things I write. I don't intend to be judgemental, harsh, rude or nasty. I hope you know me well enough to know that.
I also want to say I didn't write my 50 Reasons to Leave a Church to point at anyone in particular. I myself have said some of those very things. Some of them are ridiculous. Some of them are valid. And some are in between - neither ridiculous nor valid or invalid - they just are.
I have been a part of seven churches in my life of 36 years. Three of them are in Hong Kong. Two of them in college. Two of them since then. No matter the circumstances for leaving a church - down to even moving from another country - it is a painful process. I don't want to minimize that. It is a burden and weight to be removed from one flock and drawn into another. As I always say, "There is no pain like Church pain." If you have experienced it, you know what I mean. It is tempting to become a pew-warmer and yawn and detatch in order to not to experience the grievous Church Pain. But we know that is not our calling.
So, I am SORRY. I was making observations of life and maybe I wandered into hot-button territory - needlessly. I was going to just take it down, but words spoken are like water poured out on the ground. So I'll leave it there and issue my apology.
Please know I don't judge you or anyone for leaving a Church. It is your business and not my place to judge. But I do know some people DO leave for amazingly petty reasons. And if love covers a multitude of sins, certainly love covers the offenses of people running churches not asking me how to do it.
So, there I said it, again. Maybe I'm stepping on toes again. Maybe I'm just too obnoxious by nature. But I do want my readers to know I don't mean to bludgeon you with words. I just have a nasty habit of letting my thoughts be known and I was not blessed with the gift of diplomacy. Some day, maybe I'll learn.
Love to you all, no matter what Church you attend,