Discovery: Making People Do Right is Part of Life
Internet activism against abuse in the church is just about full throttle in our day. Is that a good thing? One stops to ponder in the middle of any war to reevaluate the overall value of the stress involved. Let’s face it; anybody who would enjoy all of this would have to be a little twisted. I think we all enjoy what we have learned and our personal growth through it all, but could do without the stress and bad feelings.
The culmination of last week was a teachable moment in regard to this question. The week was saturated with actions by me to make people do what is right. It started with the end of a business to business relationship. The other company is very large and did not terminate our contract correctly which threatened to cost my wife and I thousands of dollars. These are very powerful people who are not used to being stood up to by little people like me. My wife (Susan) and I discussed it and decided we would fight and let the chips fall where they may.
I became amazed at all of the options we had at our disposal that put this company on a level playing fighting field with us. But then I realized why that is: others didn’t back down either and took action to prevent injustice for others. Also, it is often the case that when you back down from fighting for what is right, you are not the only one that loses. Losing that money would have prevented us from helping others that we usually help on a regular bases.
An order of published books arrived and the printing quality was substandard. It was not only right to hold the printer accountable for wrongdoing, but it was a decision for our contributors as well. They deserved to get what they paid for. Making my son do his best in school is not only right, it is best for him as well. As I won these battles for right last week, I found myself mentally and physically spent. I awoke from falling asleep, sitting up at my desk, and began to type this post.
And I started typing for this conclusion: those fighting for the spiritually abused in the church fight a good fight. The fight is hard because many looked away for many years. Their decisions to be cowards were not only made for themselves—they also made those decisions for others. And a horrible price was paid.
But our decision is to fight the brute beasts of our day who fancy themselves as God’s anointed and their cowardly golfing buddies. The fight is long and hard, but we will not relent. Making people do right is a part of life, and the decision to fight is rarely for us alone.