Almost every day I receive mail from people expressing their concern that I’m focusing on the bad things that happen to people and don’t mention the good things enough. They feel my perspective is skewed by my own experience. Very often I get expressions of pity as they wish I would hurry up and heal and leave my bitterness behind and get back to church.
I’m not bitter. I’m very happy. And I surely don’t believe I’m over-emphasizing. Many people don’t seem to have a sweet clue as to what’s going on in the church for so many people. I will say it again: the extent of spiritual abuse is epidemic. The level at which people are required to suffer in order to belong is atrocious. I’m speaking spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and heaven forbid, sexually and physically.
As this cartoon says, we don’t even know the half of it. In fact, we don’t know the ninety percent of it! These are the people I care about most.