What do you think about this?
Let's say there is a person in a church, with a reputation for sometimes questioning the teaching and leadership. He began an e-mail exchange with the leaders asking questions about some of the teaching.
After several exchanged e-mails, a meeting with the local leadership is recommended so that this person can express his concerns.
When this meeting actually takes place, rather than being listened to, it is suggested to the questioner that perhaps this isn't really the church for him.
At this point, the discussion turns to accusations of the person's character. No longer a discussion of issues, it has become a church discipline issue. The questioner is now required to submit to a statement of surrender and commitment, which includes a confession of his rebellion.
However, in the midst of this process, the leadership conclude that the situation is unworkable and call the person telling him that he and his family are no longer welcome in the church.
What if the person goes to the church the following Sunday and is met on the sidewalk by the local police informing him that he isn't allowed near the building. How do you help this person and his family pick up the pieces of this mess while your close friends are a part of the church that did this to him.
What would you do with a mess like this?