It's been awhile since I have been active on Tasbeha.org but after reading some of the comments, maybe it's best I sign off for good. But, before I do that, I wish to share something with everyone.
I see that @minatasgeel
, who is the administrator, has closed down many discussions since they deal with what he feels are controversial subjects for the church. I was taught that the church is a place for sick souls like me and you. Being a member of the body of Christ, it is our responsibly to help those who reach out for us. It doesn't mean we will have the correct answer but let's not brush it aside beside we don't want to "upset" the church or our own narrow minded thinking. People are out there hurting. Their pain can be added to by those pious minded people who don't want to go "there". Come on guys, where is your compassion? Where is your kindness towards your fellow brother?
I'm 65 years old and have been blessed to be a Christian all my life. God is number one in my life. There's no way I want to be like the Pharisees in Matthew 23:24 . . .you strain out a knat but swallow a camel. If the church is really there for everyone, then we need to help those who are suffering from broken relationships, divorce, domestic violence, porn addiction and anything else that needs our help. (Yes people, these issues are very much at work within the Coptic community! We can't shut these people off because they are not fitting the description of the perfect Coptic parishioner. Our Lord sought out those who needed help and he gave them help.
If someone posts a issue that you are not comfortable with, then I would private message them and give them some insight as to how to deal with this problem. Don't shut them down because you feel uncomfortable. Maybe we in the Coptic church need to take a 101 course in psychology? Otherwise, what is the church and the body of Christ for? At this age in my life, I want to be known for kindness and helping those who are in need of something.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner!