Originally Posted by andrewlittle
Five minutes ago, I wrote an email to the Stated Clerk, who's a friend and ally - personally and theologically. Anyway, I told him that either the church changed it's mind and doesn't want to admit it, or they are really pissed about my theology/politics etc. I think they are willing to use anything to shift the blame for forty years of decline to someone else. And I'm it.
If that is the case, they are being ruthless and playing with my life and livelihood.
Anyway, he told me (confidentially) that he heard remarks last night at the COM meeting like, "he's just doing what they called him to do, and they don't like it." Maybe the COM isn't as twisted as I think - maybe.
The old blame/kill the messenger trick?
They may not be twisted, but the wording of that statement they sent to you was.
"we are not sure someone who is mentally ill should be ministering to this church."
Don't know what is more upsetting, the passive-aggressive 'not sure' part or the 'mentally ill' one.
Would there be any wisdom in mirroring all this back to them?