aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Here I stand

It is always difficult to get people to believe you when you tell them what they don't want to hear. In the case of an outrage, as, say, certain important leaders of the church -- bigwigs of the denomination -- saying and doing despicable things, nobody wants to credit your account. Yet I know what I saw.

But I know those people, they say. That doesn't sound like the people I know. Well, I know those people, too. And you know me. I am not misinformed. I am not a crank. And I say -- on my honor -- that you have been lied to. Things are not as you have been told.

And let me point out, I speak not for myself, for any injury done to me, but for others. I left the company of those complicit in the outrage with the sounds of applause ringing in my ears. I bent over backward to work with them and do right by them. I didn't think they would stoop to what they have done since my departure. But they did.

Meanwhile, as difficult as it is to get those who know the principals involved to believe what they don't want to believe, it is just as difficult to get anyone else to care. That includes my colleagues in the so-called renewal movement, who know full well what some of our denominational leaders are capable of, but whose eyes glaze over whenever I try to tell them what has happened in a part of the church they don't care about.

So, let this be my witness. I know what I know. I have seen what I have seen. If I seem oddly reluctant to take part in certain things nowadays, with certain people, well, there's a reason. They have no honor; and I do.

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