Thanks for reading.
Thanks for your gracious reply. You have no idea how important grace is for people in my position. Perhaps it's because it's not as common as we would like.
I can understand how easy it is to drop the answer as you did for the question of God's love. My hope is that you can correct it, or at least find a way to explain it so that folks don't get the wrong idea.
As far as my experience: God has it all figured out, and I'm good with that. Knowing who is in control is a big deal. I'm not angry or bitter, just saddened by the situation. I have some Christian friends who are in the same situation, and at least one has turned his back on Christians completely. He still loves the Lord, but can't stand his followers. That's really sad.
Frankly, I believe my "real Christian world" situation is more the norm than what you have taken as a "fairly common type of Christian environment." Personally, I think that a lack of biblical depth and true maturity— a true grasp on the depth of our shared sinfulness and the breadth of God's grace—is a big part of the problem. Study of the Bible is at an all-time low. How does one exhibit grace when one has no idea what grace really is? Without knowledge of God's Word, it's hard to know how to react in "uncomfortable" situations. Couple this with the "culture war" mentality of so many highly visible ministries, and it's natural that most believers would have issues in dealing with those who struggle.
That is the way things seem to me. It may not be that way everywhere, but I suspect it's more common than you might think. Let's stay in touch.
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