Today, I walked my neighborhood for some political campaigning. One candidate helped me a lot with a bill (it became a law) and I’m happy to help him out (even if it’s hard lugging around my children while I do it). I came across a neighbor friend who is also a minister at our old church from the youth side. We have no beef with him as we don’t really know what he’s preached or taught the teens, we don’t yet have a teen. We do not know for sure what’s up on the youth side, have heard rumors of Rob Bell and Nooma (not that they played the Noomas, but that the minister/pastor types have read them and maybe promote). We cannot rely on rumor though. We know some have left the church based on their experience on the youth side…or what they think about it. We’re not sure what people really know, what they think they know. We just know that we like this minister, he’s a great guy, his wife is great. Still, knowing we recently left the church, knocking on his door did make me wonder how it would go. I don’t know, I think we were both awkward. I told him we had a meeting with the lead pastor coming up and he gave me the “good luck” kind of response I’ve gotten from a few, and the comments were that meetings of this sort with him can be interesting. He did give me a sort of heads up that he had spoken with my husband, and the pastor had listed us as a family who left the church. He said he gave the pastor one brief comment my husband made which was the problem of not knowing where the ship was going. We were on a path going somewhere, but there was not a clear indication where and when we had asked about where we got similar answers that people really didn’t know for sure. That’s a true statement, we did have an issue with the fact that our church seemed to be going somewhere, and we didn’t know where exactly. I think we’re getting a better picture of where now. The movement appears to be further away from glorifying God, away from the focus on Christ and his word. That’s really enough to make us want to go…period.