When Jose first wrote I didn’t realize the firestorm it would cause. To me he was another person to come through the MOP doors to tell their story of hurt and pain. I figured it was like another brink on our wall which displays the warning to current and future members that not all seems as it appears. Considering what he wrote was so “typical” of what others have wrote, why should I think different. He wrote about his experience in generalities, stayed respectful and kept to the subject at hand, the pain he experienced. I didn’t know Jose like I didn’t many others who have posted their experiences. Jose seemed very typical of what has been written in the past.
I was wrong.
Jose's gifting is not so typical and therefore his role was great and Mosaic was sure to maximize their use of those gifts. Jose leaving knowing all that he knows of the inner working is a blow to Mosaic. What would he say about them? If we all realized who he was and what he was privy to, there would be more credibility to his words. They must smear him. They must tear him down so that it is clear that his words are of a angry, sinful person. If he was one of “those” type then surely he could not be counted on to give valid testimony. They must crush him before he did any real damage.
What they don’t realize is that Jose doesn’t want to cause damage. Jose is not looking to maximize their pain but simply to get through his. Jose is hurting over what has happen while looking for a new community to call home. He has made it clear he needs direction, he needs discipleship. It is clear that Jose found Jesus and is seeking to grow in His ways.
It sounded to me like Jose is a little confused by all that has happen. I don’t think he realizes to the degree in which Mosaic will go to protect it’s image. My hope and prayer is that Jose continues to move on and finds what he is looking for. A good church where he can grow in his walk with God. After my brief conversation with him I could tell he was the type of person that put action to his words so I am sure he will find the right church. It is a difficult process but please don’t give up. You have a lot of growing to do as do the rest of us. We are running in a marathon and need all the support we can get. Community (church) is vital to that run.
I know you guys at Mosaic are trying to figure out how to blow this fire out but I’ll do you a favor and put it out for you. Let’s forget who Jose was at your church. Let’s just say he was a regular member who left and has come here to post some concerns. How about you focus your efforts on answering his concerns, our concerns regarding finances and discipleship. His concerns about service and taking time to ensure that he is growing spiritually.
How about we focus on the issues?