Greg Gordon wrote:
" Brother, in my experience this has to happen from time to time and usually it can be not anything against the person that started the thread. But rather even it can be a larger example to help gear future discussions. In the end my heart is to see the body of Christ universally encouraged, uplifted and for them to hear the whole counsel of God. I am so thankful for MANY contributions that dear brothers and sisters make and it is a daily encouragement in my own life."
This is certainly the Ideal of any Christian Forum. To study Scripture and teach and edify one another so that we may be fully equipped to live the Christian life and bear fruit, and edify one another, and lead others to Jesus Christ. This ought to be the norm, ever learning the will of God in our lives, bearing fruit through our love for one another, and by bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples, with love and grace.
However, there is another side of the coin that is worthy of reflection.
What if a new Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, or Martin Niemoller, give a call for Christians to respond to injustice and opposition to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
e.g. Niemoller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist.
"Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
"I was not a Trade Unionist.
"Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
"Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me."
My observations of religious trends and the worldwide Politic (1. Using or marked by prudence, expedience, and shrewdness) I have a feeling that we are on the eve of a new great tribulation, to be aimed at Jews and true Christians. What role would Sermon Index role may or should play in it, I do not know. I pray that God guides Sermon Index, and us, that we may know, and do, the will of God in such difficult times. I hope we will have the courage to speak out on behalf of the Gospel and live out the good ethics it provides for us.
From J. R. R. Tolkien. Lord of the Rings:
Frodo: I wish it need not have happened in my time."
Gandalf: "So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
God be with you, and Bless you all.