Throughout my two and half years of having this online ministry, my wife quietly supported me in my pursuit to share the Gospel through blog posts, videos, and podcasts. In recent days, the infighting between fellow brothers in Christ I consider good friends has escalated and become quite hostile. I’ve personally tried to stay out of it and watched from afar with a couple comments here and there. All the while, I began to share some of the drama with my wife. While she usually keeps her thoughts private, this latest fiasco has led her to say a few words publically for the first time. In other words, “Mama bear has had enough!” The following is a direct message from my lovely wife.
Dear Brothers…and Sisters in Christ (You Know Who You Are!)
I have never said one word in so many years but its time for me to say something. The infighting is enough. You are a family of believers, men of our Father in heaven. How is this ok? Humble yourselves. Not one person has all the answers about the Scriptures. Our heavenly Father and almighty brothers left these for us in guidance.
If your are attempting to show people the way..this is not it. Regardless, you should show a unified front. If your have a disagreement with you brother you discuss the issue as an intimate community. Not across the internet.
May this be my first and last public prayer for all of you:
Father in heaven we are a family. A family that at times is dysfunctional. We may disagree about the Scriptures that you have left behind for us, but please let us show a unified front in these desperate times of need. These are the minute things in the grand plan for us. May we not get stuck in the minutiae. Do not let those that are seeking you Father, be discouraged by various discussions over the internet (of all things.) If we have an issue with our brother, my we bring it to you for direction. May we successfully and wholeheartedly humble ourselves for Your ultimate guidance. May we guide our brothers that have ideas that step outside of your vision and embrace them in prayer as a private community in love. This is Your new year Father. May we start fresh and love each other as You intended. May we show the world simply…YOU. How You have loved each and every one of us. How You, in desperate times have had me call Your name. How You have showed me that the most simplest gestures to non-believers have mattered. Just love them. That sin is sin, and we all have it…and it is painful. How I am even more, a greater sinner than Paul ever was and I will still just love and praise You. I know the Bible is scary for a lot of people and watching infighting among Your own people is disheartening. May You speak to our hearts, and remind us that even if we don’t agree, for our hearts not to become hard. This world needs us…we need to love…we need to show who You really are. May You give us the guidance to present You properly, as a community, as your bride. There are so many people that cry for You, our focus should be in that direction. Those that have sin that are so heavy, those that feel the guilt of daily life…regret. Those that feel that there is no hope. I’ve been there…Gonz has been there…that is where we should be as a community. Not fighting amongst ourselves in public. May You and my holy…almighty brother stand in the gap…guide us…keep us whole. Do not let the things that don’t matter divide us. And when a brother has other ideas or doubt, bring him to us for counselling. Those that are seeking, may we hold them, guide them, and just simply be there as a community. We are all sinners and all lost. We are all frustrated and frightened. We are all lacking in what we need…which is You. Simply you. Please bring my brothers…my friends…back together…to discuss privately.
I’m apologize for this is a public prayer, but I want our family to know that I will fight for them. May You continue to speak…to all of us. Tug at our hearts until we cry. May this prayer and my tears be my fight. Please let me be Your mighty intercessor. I have never wanted anything more than this. May I fight for this family…May I fight for my friends that have had to fight for themselves for so long. May I fight for those that have suffered beyond things that I can’t even understand. May we simply bring it back to John, 3:16. It’s that simple. I pray these simple and humble things in Jesus’ (my Brothers) name. Amen.
Enough!!! Discuss it privately. Love wholeheartedly. Pray together. He will always guide us and tug at our hearts. I don’t care which one of you thinks you are right. Keep your eyes on the prize. He will be more than willing to share when you see him.
All my love,
P.S. Guys, if you need prayer, you know now to reach me. Bring it…I will call your wives.