To the Remnant of CD
Don't be in haste in your assumption that GaoLu is leaving.
a. He only expressed his opinion vaguely of scenarios he wouldn't care to take part. It appears to be more hypothetical if anything. Many may be inclined to agree with him, but not with understanding because he spoke in such generalities. At best, in my view, he wants to say, what he can't legitimately or willing to say, in light of his own past dealings in these forums. Until he is specific, one can't draw any conclusions, even his departure. Notwithstanding, it's an, "I want your attention".
b. However, it could be surmised that GaoLu wants and need to-be-wanted and appreciated. There are many breadcrumbs of such in many of his posts. No, I am not talking behind his back. He still has the opportunity, access and privilege to respond for himself. No surrogates or any acolytes needed. On the other hand, it could be that this is GaoLu's second attempt to project or send "dog whistles of the new CD demise. At this point and in my view, it's greatly exaggerated. It is documented in these forums that GaoLu wanted some of us gone believing that its the forum's only means to improve or attract others. In my view, I think it's far too wishful, arrogant, and self-righteous when viewed in full context CD history, especially recently.
c. "Birds of a feather flocks together". Given that he had and are having contacts and communications with former CD Participates (past/recent) I would of his commitment to the new CD. He had always another forum to go to. Again, this is his right. As thing checks out, now us his time to make his move. At the same time, making it appears he's being forced or certain situation so unbearable, he had to leave.
d. As Christians, you don't have to discontinue or feel ashamed to discuss politics. It's a part of your world. If you Christians can't discuss this topic, who can? Too many CD Users (pas and currents) have allowed souls to become contaminated political party and ideologies. This is unfortunate and sad. Our greatest loyalty should be to God and the sacred Word.
e. Christian Debate is bigger than GaoLu. He's is not the end of all, if he decides to discontinue to participate (at least actively). He's not bounded or imprisoned by anyone for love or fee. He, like all users of these forums, is free to come and go as he pleases. If he claims American rights and the, loosely drafted, rules of CD, likewise, afford him this privilege. However, to insinuate that everyone who "left" in the past or leaves are good people Christians, escaping "hell", etc., and those left behind are corrupt, "bad", blind guides", uninformed, spiritually ignorant, etc. Or endorses David Taylor Jr.'s out-of-the door, denunciation of the new CD, re-enforced recently, as "False teachers" in a "cesspool".
f. Just because many have allowed critical thoughts, of various stripes, to invade their souls and color their view of forums, don't adopt their worldview of CD. I still find these forums to hold out much promises and potentials for good. Is it perfect? No. Can it be improved? Yes. Is it beyond help? No. Can God use remaining users, yes! Let us embody this vision and don't let others define it otherwise, especially those who have "left" or choose to no longer participate.
Once a user of CD, you're always one. As a user or one who has access to the forums at least as a reader if not as a participant. e.g. David Taylor, Jr. He chimes when called or when contemplating a return. See my response to his efforts.
No user to my knowledge has been removed administratively from this CD or the old one. Nor has anyone has been denied access as a reader. This is why I say no one really leaves.
One may choose not to post (participate), which is his or her freedom of choice. They don't have to be sorry nor do you have to be sorry they made a decision to do. Let's be respectful of people's choice and the exercise of the freedom afforded them.
Everyone that stopped participating or "left" CD didn't do so because he or she was disgruntled. Some may try to convey this, but it's not true. Everyone who "left" the old CD (and this one) did so on his or her own free will. If they are half honest, they will tell you so, for the reasons mentioned above. I don't care what they said in them apparent accusatory finger-pointing, labeling, shaming or blaming of others.
Many people "leave" CD (old/current) because they can't control, the rules, the conversation or other people. This, too, is sad and disappointing. Some people have to be totally in charge and will make a poor team-players on any field or group.
Divergent views are not a sin. They should be embraced and celebrated. At the same time, a consensus can be drawn in light of the Word through the Holy Spirit, prayer and humility.
Be responsible and exercise discipline reading and responding to posts. I reject the argument or accusations that there is too much discussion of politics. This is the times we live in, especially, for Americans. The USA has a President who's unorthodox in his management; whose skills and mental stability is questioned by many world-leaders around the world; whose seems to invite strife, division, in a context of egotism on steroids with childish taunts and insults; but above all, he's one who's extremely allergic to the truth. Given this reality, is it realistic to expect the bulk of the discussion to be otherwise? The lead discussions are the interest of the current users.
Say what you will or may, I will stay. Don't forget, "Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground." CM