Kevin’s Conversations: The Danger of Blind Loyalty

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  1. Dallas says:

    As goofy as it may sound, there was an episode of The Flash that recently illustrated this point very well. We see one of the main characters dealing with gaining super powers that are also bringing out her worst tendencies. She goes around menacing and injuring people throughout the episode, like any villain would, but in the end the hero asks one of the victims to overlook what had happened for the sake of his friend… no one else would have gotten this benefit of the doubt.

    Rather than admitting that his friend has crossed the line and has done things that she has to be held accountable for, she gets a pass because of their friendship. Actually really hope that is being written as a flaw in his character rather than the virtue of “never giving up on his friends”.

  2. Michael says:

    This is well done, Kevin. We don’t wrestle with this issue as we should,whether it be loyalty to an idea, a team, or a person…

  3. Paige says:

    Co dependency is alive and well in the church realm.
    Guilt is the ‘gift’ that keeps on giving.

    Anyone who is related to, married to, or raised by a narcissist, alcoholic or addict, knows this script all too well.

    IMO, the classic book, Boundaries still speaks well to the subject. Alanon does too.

  4. Owen says:

    Very well said, Kevin.

    So many applications for this. I echo the sentiments expressed by Paige – that script is known all to well.

    Thanks for the reminder to examine my own loyalties as well.

  5. Kevin H says:

    Thanks, all.

    (By the way, Kris Jenkins made 6 of his 7 three-pointers last night, the same evening I wrapped up this article. Now he’s really golden in my book. 🙂 )

  6. Michael says:

    Adrian Peterson, icon of my Vikings, beat his kid.
    Steve Brown, who has had a huge influence on me, appeared to have been complicit in the sins of another celebrity preacher.
    We haven’t room here for a list of the sins of Jerry Lee Lewis.

    As a sometime pastor to other pastors, I know how we all really are.

    I have a mirror, though I avoid it when possible.

    Sometimes when I see the sins of others,they become a mirror and I look away and double my loyalty to them.

  7. Babylon's Dread says:

    Great stuff

    But, Lorenzo Charles is the guy with the bucket of all buckets 😉

  8. Kevin H says:

    BD,

    I disagree. (See how that blind loyalty works.)

    Plus Jenkins’ shot was from 24 feet further away. Much more difficult. 😉

  9. JM says:

    Good Stuff.
    Really, really like your example, Dallas.
    Yours was well said, Paige.

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