I closed comments on my Rick Ousley post tonight. It was time.
When I first posted the story the morning it broke in the Birmingham News, I expected a few of my regular readers would leave comments, joining me in my speculation about when Mr. Ousley would go into rehab. I never expected the explosion of interest from people who’d never heard of Birmingham Blues before.
Now, seven hundred and something comments later, it’s time to shut this down. At first, there were lots of people coming here to share their pain and anger at Mr. Ousley’s betrayal. Some of them likely weren’t familiar with the blogging world, but they needed a place to vent, and they hadn’t found it anywhere else. I was glad to provide that for them.
Now, I think almost everyone with a dog in the fight has moved on. I pray that they’re continuing the conversation, and the healing, with trusted confidantes. We’ve moved on to people whose primary purpose seems to be attacking those who are hurting and trying to prove the “superiority” of their particular theology. That’s not healthy for those who are still suffering.
I don’t know that any of the commenters on that post (other than my regulars) will come here again. My politics may be too progressive. But despite that, they have been, almost without exception, gracious and appreciative of this space. I pray God’s blessing on all of them as they move through and beyond this painful time.
I’ve posted this, almost verbatim, as the final comment in the thread.