I’d noticed that some people were searching for information on ‘saving bellevue,’ so I’m not surprised to see that www.savingbellevue.com is now up and running — with 34,000 hits.
I think it’s safe to say that the dynamics of congregational disagreement have changed. Even a few years ago, it was relatively rare for the downtrodden or disgruntled to have any platform to speak to the rest of the church. It now takes about 15 minutes to set up a website that can reach the entire congregation, or more, as SavingBellevue seems to have done.
So, where it used to be risky to allow too many dissenting voices to be heard; it is often more risky now to try to stamp them out. Blogs and websites depend largely on credibility. A baseless attack will usually appear baseless — but persecution lends an air of legitimacy to the dissent. It’s Glenn Reynold’s ‘Army of Davids’ idea happening in the church. Quite frankly, if you have to jump a fence at a gated community to make an unnanounced visit to a deacon who questioned governance practices, you’ve probably crossed a line.
More reading at http://www.bellevuetruth.blogspot.com/