People keep throwing around Matthew 18:15-17
saying "we shouldn't criticize NCFCA publicly; at the very worst, we should post in love/kindness as if they were not saved." However, those saying this are overlooking a very important nuance: NCFCA isn't a person
. It can't be "saved;" it cannot be considered a "brother" (as per the verse). (Obligatory Blimey Cow
; just watch until 1:06 and replace "band" with "group of people.") We're talking about an organization
Most (perhaps all) of us here are not pointing fingers at the people
in charge of NCFCA; rather, we're critiquing the policy choices
that the organization pursues. As such, I contend that Matthew 18 does not apply here.
An analogy: Saying "Brother Jimmy down the street stole my cow" would violate Matthew 18. However, saying "The Christian Farmer's Association has policies that allow its leadership to engage in livestock theft" is not a Matthew 18 "violation." In the former, we're pointing to a particular person
; in the latter, we're pointing to a policy
. Quite honestly, with the very loose interpretation of Matthew 18 that you've taken, I fail to see how you could lobby for the improvement of any
Even though I've never met Kim Kardashian, the supermarket tabloids provide valuable insight into her problems with her husband that would require a substantial investment of time and effort to uncover.
Caleb is warning about the Biblical ramifications of gossip and slander, something that is incredibly easy for us to fall into when discussing NCFCA in this context.
I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone
to confirm that insight is "valuable."
I understand that these posts are warnings about gossip and slander, but I do not think anyone has yet crossed that boundary.
"The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits"
- G.K. Chesterton