“Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.” These words from the confusing Yogi Berra made me laugh.
I began this blog to correct some misstatements made about my theological beliefs. The misstatements were made in public – at a Sunday morning gathering of people whom I love and have led for several years. I truly believe that those who know me know the truth about me. So, maybe these posts are unnecessary. I don’t know. We see what we want to see. We believe what we want to believe.
Maybe these posts are my attempts to restore a reputation that I feel has been marred. Honestly, there’s a bit of that in here – maybe a lot. I have more than once prayed David’s prayer recorded in Psalm 43:1, “Declare me innocent, O God! Defend me against these ungodly people. Rescue me from these unjust liars.” Sounds harsh. David was pretty honest. I don’t believe the “misstatements” came out of “ungodly” hearts – I can’t judge someone’s heart. I just know that the statements are gross (Look it up in a thesaurus – not just “yucky” but “glaring”) misrepresentations of my beliefs.
Maybe these posts are opportunities for dialogue. But let’s not limit the questions, the doubts, the discussion to a web page. Why can’t the gathering of people that is often called a church be a place for this dialogue? Let’s talk here. But let’s create “church” to be a safe place for dialogue.
Have you ever been “misrepresented”? How did you handle it?
What would you like to discuss but have never felt “safe” to bring up?