More than once people have come to my face and said they knew I was being persecuted. They knew it was wrong.

That said, they continued by saying they would not support me. Some told me to hire a lawyer (but didn’t offer to pay). The reason was clear. If these people supported me and justice, those who persecuted me would turn on them. They sidelined themselves because they had a business to protect, a career in the making, community traditions to follow.

Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss - fake friendship

Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss – fake friendship

Most of the time I stood without allies within the forum of unchristian conduct.

On the one hand I got what they meant, since I was the target for destruction and could not wish that on others. On the other hand, when those who belong to the council, committee, denomination, congregation that pursues the persecution relentlessly, vote for the action or do nothing, they are guilty of the crimes and sin of abuse.

They sided with those in power rather than with those who were in the right.

The reality is that they did not love as Jesus taught. That makes me scared for their souls, sad for their physical lives and disappointed in their shallow friendship.

Creator, forgive them. They do not realize what they did.
This Lent I am being led on a pilgrimage. I do not yet know if it is from persecution or to suffering or through both. Nevertheless the journey has begun.

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