“From my perspective, folk who are trying to position themselves in the middle seem to be sometimes doing so in an effort to keep themselves “clean” and removed from the struggle. When you’re actually trying to do something about the situation (as I and other folk in the renewal groups are), hopefully with some level of integrity, it’s frustrating to constantly have verbal grenades launched at you.”
This was from a discussion about what the caucuses (read extremes) are doing in the UMC. It has me pretty ticked off really. Who said it and what “side” they are on does not matter in the least, what does matter is this. Those of us in the middle are trying to do something, it’s called keeping our church together while the extremes tear it apart. We are not keeping ourselves ‘clean’ we are dirtier than most because we get the poo thrown at us from both sides. If you need an example of this, watch gorillas. They do this to those in the middle too. Verbal grenades? Really? We in the middle get them from both sides too. A lot of us are not as smart as the extremists, but there are a lot more of us, and by the time they have finished pushing us out they can have their way…one will win and one will lose, and there will be lots of church buildings…most empty because the middle you seem to despise so much left the building.