For some background here, Tim Fall is a blogger guy I sometimes disagree with and bump into on facebook. He is not a fan of Pastor Wilson and I consider many of his criticisms to be emotionally driven and myopic. However, I do appreciate the discussions and some good questions often arise from them.
One such question in regards to Pastor Wilson from a comment was, “What makes you want to support him?” A good question indeed, that deserves a proper answer.
Well, in part because I really dislike internet character assassination where we just label and dismiss people we don’t agree with as something like “a despicable sociopath,” as one commenter did, or “evil” as another said. So there is that. I perceive that kind of thing as gossip, as emotional hyperbole designed to gin up outrage and offense. The politics of personal destruction. The bible is quite clear about gossip. Proverbs 6:19 speaks of the things God calls abominations, including “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
I am very cautious, least I point a finger at someone and just have three more pointing back at me. When I do point fingers there is no doubt as to my own motivation. That’s a biblical principle. “For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2 Beware the log in you own eye, first.
That leads into the second issue, lines of authority. Or as I sometimes say, “he who is under authority, has authority.” If someone is in church leadership, has a 40 year ministry in the same church, married to the same woman, follows all the biblical standards for leadership, and still has his sense of humor, that suggests some respect is called for. We need to look a bit deeper before we rush to accusation and condemnation. We can totally disagree with him on everything from politics to communion wafers, but we cannot disagree with his authority and simply declare the man unworthy. It just doesn’t work that way.
That is not just character assassination against an individual, that is disrespect for our Lord’s church, and for His people. We aren’t called to create the unity, enforce the unity, fling people out of the unity, we’re called to preserve the unity. The unity is already a given.
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. –Ephesians 4:2-3
The bible tells us how to handle conflicts, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” Matthew 18:15.
This is so important that earlier we are told, “Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Matthew 5:24 Our conflicts with other people can actually interfere with our own relationship with the Lord.
So conflict is NOT to be avoided, disagreements are not to be ignored, but there is a procedure and it does not include just snipping at people on facebook and trying to rally support for your cause. We should not be doing that to any of our brothers and sisters in Christ, actually.
That’s my biblical explanation for “What makes you want to support him?” Because the bible tells us too, because it lays out a procedure for when we do not, and because it honors the Lord.