Welcome to another contribution to my "split segments"... posts that have to do with the church split which I went through 10 years ago. It's also a little meditative commentary on the cartoon below. People's actions speak louder than words. I m convinced that there are few Christians who actually want to split a church. I mean consciously. Christians want to believe they are good people. Christians want to be sincere. So they will never say to you, If you don t do exactly what I want, I am going to split this church in half! It would be sinful to even think such a thing. But our actions betray us. You must believe what you see! You must hear what they are saying between the lines! They may say to you, You are my pastor, and I m behind you 100%. I will go with you to the end! But beware! Jesus wasn t impressed with Peter s boisterous claims about himself, but discerned the overwhelming fear that motivated Peter to say that. You need to realize, like I painfully did, that the very one who is always claiming to be loyal actually may be desperately fighting their deeper urges to betray you. The people who were responsible for the split genuinely and sincerely expressed to me their full support. They truly believed in themselves and believed that they were actually helping the situation. They totally believed that what they wanted was best for the church. But the destructive forces they unleashed were beyond their understanding. I ll tell you a secret: every person who said they d never leave did. Every one of them is gone. The ones who stayed never said they d stay or leave. But by their actions they proved their perseverance. Christians generally want you to be impressed with the spiritual persona we wear like a cloak, not what we all know lurks beneath. What someone thinks is a genuine, sincere kiss may actually be the final signal of betrayal. We should all be trained in the ability to see through people s words. We should be trained in wisdom and discernment. But people instinctively know a pastor s greatest weakness: the need for praise and affirmation. Don t let a person s praise for you blind you to what s really going on. The painting is the creation of my friend Tina Newlove. I thought it was appropriate: the person seems blindfolded with people in the background. Been there!