A number of TM supporters have made it clear how disgusted they were with my tone so I addressed their criticisms yesterday. Today, I’d like to discuss Dave Hasz’ tone.
As a man of God that supposedly loves teenagers and wants to bring them closer to Christ, what do you think a proper response would be when you are told that you have inadvertently devastated people’s lives to the point that they have spent years in confusion and depression, they have walked away from the Lord, they have needed a serious amount of counseling and in some cases have even been suicidal?
Would a proper response be a coolly delivered self-justification? Or would it be an, “OH MY GOD, I AM SO SORRY. WHAT HAVE I DONE! PLEASE FORGIVE ME.”
How does the heart of a Godly shepherd react to a hurting member of the flock? The Good Shepherd left the 99 to find the 1. He didn’t say, “the dissatisfaction is dramatically counterbalanced by the multiplied thousands of young, gifted leaders-to-be who have participated in this meritorious program.”
How does a tender Father comfort a hurt child?
In short, I am appalled with Dave’s tone. It was totally void of the proper emotion, it was smug, it was dismissive, it was condescending, it was NOT humble (save a few short moments). This call wasn’t about reaching out, it was about self-justification. It was a PR move, plain and simple.
A man with God’s heart would be distraught and destroyed after finding out how he has hurt people. He would waste no time repenting, seeking reconciliation and making restitution. Unfortunately, that is not the attitude that Dave has taken.
And that reveals more about his character than anything I could ever say.