This is a painful question for the ages. I don't have answers. Nor do I dismiss those whose lives have been torn a second or third or millionth time.How could these men think that the 2015 revelation was a good thing and inspired and now not? It did so much harm.
But I also can not dismiss the courage it took to get this change to happen. And so quickly.
This would have been the last team of people I would have imagined that this would happen under. For all the rhetoric and stances they had taken - it was unthinkable that even a softening would happen. Let alone a shift.
My dad is their age, life has calcified for him. His right and wrongs are set. Nothing or no one changes them from him. The world has been a certain way for 90 years. It was a good world, safe world, a blessed world. It lived beyond the horrors of war. The years of severe depression and fear. For my dad to assimilate the possibility of an about face would take an act of God. I am not joking.
Millions of lives have worked tirelessly on behalf of the hurting and marginalized to get this to happen. There was no guarantee.
I pray acres of joy are over those who have wearied God, wearied leaders, wearied friends and family to get here.
I also pray for acres of insight, understanding and abundant joy on these men who took the full risk of losing many more souls than had already been lost and courageously, publicly u-turned.
Of all the moves yet by RMN this one was the riskiest. I wish all of us well.