In light of the various narratives about why people are leaving or should leave the Presbyterian Church (USA), I recently posed the question, Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Here is one more person sharing why they are staying in the Presbyterian Church (USA) . . .
Why do you choose to stay in the Presbyterian Church (USA)?
This would be a different kind of question if it asked what denomination I think I’d most like to be. But God has something to do with it – so its not all about me. My parents also have something to do with it, because I’m a cradle PC(USA)’er. I name that now because… I didn’t choose to start as Presbyterian but I do make the choice to stay one. I don’t choose to stay because I think the PC(USA) is good, better, or best… (though I happen to think it has a lot to be said for it in the midst of its brokenness) I stay because I feel called – to quote Jeremiah – to seek the welfare of the city in which I live. I’m not called to be in complete agreement, or make it look like me, or force it to conform to the image I imagine of faithfulness. I’m called to seek the welfare of my city – and the PC(USA) is one type of city to which I’m called. No city has been made perfect – to wander is search of such a city is a type of self-imposed exile I would think. I might find its imperfections more in line with the ones I already bear – but this an even greater danger because we would also share the same blind spots. So in the end I wonder if the most dangerous place to be is to think there are no reasons to leave. The PC(USA) is city to which I’m called – so good, bad, and indifferent – I’m working on it and it on me, hopefully to the welfare of us all.