The CBC reports a rather interesting story of a pastoral response to Deborah Boschman’s letter to the editor,
…she was critical of Mayor Dave Burgess and city councillors for not doing more to draw new residents and visitors to the city. She suggested Brandon build a waterslide or family theme park to draw in visitors.
But on Aug. 15, nearly a week after her letter was published, Boschman received a letter from her Pentecostal church, the Bethel Christian Assembly.
In that letter, the pastor, Mike Davis, wrote that he read Boschman’s letter with “embarrassment” and claimed she had “dishonoured the mayor and city councillors.”
He added that her beliefs do not match those of his church, and suggested she go to another church.
The mayor had little problem with the letter to the editor,
“We certainly encourage people to express themselves; we think it’s their right to do so,” he said.
And Burgess said he did not take offence to Boschman’s comments.
Boschman askes an interesting question,
“Why can’t I have a voice? Why do I have to clear it with my church before I voice my private public opinion?”
Ah the joys of the church “exercising authority.” Perhaps this type of authority should be exorcised, instead. (Pastor Davis might find the Bonhoeffer quote in the post below, enlightening – or not.)