By the way, who are the de-cons?
By some of the discussions on this blog, I’m not sure many Christians know where many of us de-cons are coming from. So I want to take a minute just to be sure they are aware.
- Most of us were Christians for many years.
- Most of us were very involved and dedicated.
- We were in the Faith a long time (I can name several of us here who were in it for 20, 30, 40 years or more).
- We read our Bibles daily, and prayed, and were at Church whenever the doors were open.
- We read Christian books, and went to conferences to learn and inspire our faith, and we studied apologetics and hermeneutics and eschatology, and some of us went to seminary.
- We ran Bible studies, we went out and evangelized on the street, at school, whenever we could.
- We tithed, we taught Sunday school, we were on committees, and we loved singing in the choir.
- We were the 20% that did 80% of what needed to be done. And we did it all because we genuinely believed, were thrilled about the Faith and our God.
In your churches, you have some of us (like we used to be that is) and they are the folks you count on, and that you are happy to have because they are the real, solid, growing Christians.
I say all that so that you know that we know the Faith. We lived it. We gave all the answers you gave. But, as Karen said, eventually the structure fell. And then we didn’t just give up.
You should read about the fear and anguish most of us felt when we saw the Faith that defined us slipping away.
We fought it.
We asked others for help and answers, and got the same answers that didn’t work.
We read more, and found nothing more.
We prayed and even screamed and cried and pleaded in prayer.
And heard silence, and felt the emptiness.