Pretty simple really. The only people that have the guts to say something and be vocal about it, are those that have enough drive to do so. Typically, those that have been hurt, directly or indirectly. The result is usually strong emotional responses, or those with a really strong opinion. Such responses tend to fall on deaf ears, there is too great a disparity.
If you want change, if you want improvement, you need more of a continuum, less of a polarised stand-off. You need open discussion. Many other Christians on Stellenbosch find they cannot talk to Shofarians about Christian matters. (No scientific study for this claim, rather just comments from Christian friends of mine, and personal experience and intuition.) Or they are unaware of the problematic elements, and have no comments to make. Or they simply don’t know how to help, what to say.
I’m no moderate. I’m a liberal. (And Jesus was a liberal Jew.) I’ve been trying to tone down my rhetoric and emotions to the point where I can sensibly and effectively communicate, but that isn’t working well when it comes to self-preservation. While I still refuse to play hardball, believing it is completely ineffective, it is likely inevitable that I will start batting harder here. Or rather, I’m probably going to stop suppressing thoughts and ideas that typically make fundamentalists run for cover. If you care to follow, feel free to do so. If you’re a fundamentalist that is happy with your current life, and too scared of ideas that might shake your foundations, too scared of being reborn yet again, maybe you want to stop reading. Try some Brian McLaren or Rob Bell instead. They’re doing great work, writing great books, I don’t think it is an efficient use of my time to try to follow in their footsteps. I need to follow my own path.
And I need to get my “Shofar-contribution” over with, so that I can move on. Staying “involved” for too long is not going to be healthy for me. Hopefully someone else can take over when I run out of steam.