One of the chief objectives of this blog is to demonstrate my friendship for the present Church of Christ, Scientist. Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health that she "has been most grateful for merited rebuke" (p. 8: 30-3). Where there has been a rebuke or criticism, these entries have always attempted to provide an explicit or implicit justification for it in the writings of Mrs. Eddy and the life and words of Christ Jesus.
For many of us, the recent past and current Administrations at The Mother Church have acted high-handed, as if they were above and exempt from any criticism or even the need to respond considerately and forthrightly to honest questions. Teachers have been defrocked for having the temerity to question actions of the Board. Is this loveless and vindictive organization the Church Mrs. Eddy gave to us? To say no one should dare to criticise or question the regal Board is to say that Luther had no right to protest the selling of indulgences since such actions were a challenge to the Pope and could lead to schisms. Yet Mrs. Eddy appears to have approved of his actions.
If one is aboard a ship and sees that it is headed for a coral reef, does he not have an urgent responsibility and a duty to bring this impending collision to the attention of the captain and officers of the ship? Perhaps they are already pre-sunk in crapulence or some other false indulgence and need to be awakened and alerted to their dereliction of duty and gross negligence. Some of us would rather risk God's rebuke than to be found ignoring, tolerating, or excusing wrong doing in Mrs. Eddy's great Cause. To fail to speak up would be pusillanimous treason against her and Christ Jesus.
Why not take the high road and pray one's way out of these things? If one feels he is able, let him do so. No one is standing in his way. But sometimes, like Luther, one needs to nail his theses to the church door, to do the highest right he sees at the time. Even Jesus didn't pray the money-changers out of the church.
One can question my motives, my wisdom, and even my sanity if he chooses, it is a game all can play, but any blame and censure due from God will fall on me alone. My love of God, Christ Jesus, Paul, Mary Baker Eddy, and Christian Science makes the risk worth it.