Wednesday, September 21, 2005

What Will You Do When the Storm Hits?

There has been a lot of news about the high crime rate in New Orleans by those familiar with it. Louisiana corruption is well known, (that is what helped wreck the San Francisco 49'rs when Eddie fell afoul of the plot to get the ex Louisiana gov).

I wonder if the New Orleans police had an attitude of:
Don't get involved.
Don't go after gangs.
Don't go after corruption.
Maybe anyone who worked "too hard", got canned. So you have a department that was selected for inaction, and looking away. I don't know enough to know if this is true, but I wonder if it had an effect. If you have developed a pattern of not noticing, not being involved, it is hard to change.

It is something I see in the PCUSA. Local evangelical churches pretend not to notice what is going on in the wider church, so they don't have to fight it. When the storm comes, they may just run away like some New Orleans police.

In our Presbytery, those who get appointed to leadership are those who "don't notice", the apostasy. Those who are "tolerant". Those who are willing to go along. When the storm comes...


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