To write about the situation in a way that would bring real understanding requires a book, not a blog article.
This is the exposure of what has been known by insiders for decades…that this was and is a highly dysfunctional family.
The only questions now are around how much of the cause and effects of that dysfunction will be revealed.
If this lawsuit goes to trial it will not protect the legacy of Chuck Smith.
It well could destroy a large part of it.
No one will come out of this untainted.
If this action had been brought to determine the lawful ownership of the various properties that Smith founded as part of the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa empire, it would be understandable at some level.
To frame this action around a grieving widow suffering from dementia while making accusations of abuse is utterly beyond my understanding.
I will answer two questions I keep getting… to the best of my understanding.
First, there are questions about the Smith children’s inheritance.
All I will say is that Chuck Smith provided opportunities for his children while he was alive that many thought were scandalous in themselves.
I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry at those concerns.
Second, I’ve never heard even a whisper of concern that his widow would not be or is not being be both provided for and cared for.
If the proof is there, bring it forward…until then I will believe the family has more than enough assets (and desire) to care for her.
More assets than most families in the same situation…
2. In my opinion, (carefully framed to avoid unnecessary litigation) this move is also about who will control the Calvary Chapel movement going forward. In other words, there will be those who want to make political hay of this…I heard the combines fire up quite some time ago.
3. When I think about what everyone involved in this mess has to lose the word “settlement” is written in fire on my computer screen…
4. Teddy Bridgewater looked really good yesterday… really good.
5. Christianity Today has picked up the story and sees the narrative being presented….that being that Brian and Cheryl Brodersen “hastened the death” of Chuck Smith. I already have heard that this narrative is being repeated in Calvary Chapels all over the country. If that narrative gains traction, the wave could sweep the Brodersens out of CC…see #2…
6. Speaking of narratives…when a Muslim beheads a woman and we call it “workplace violence” and pretend that religious ideology was irrelevant, that narrative should be called a “fairy tale”.
7. I feel like a need a bath after writing this column…
8. There seems to be no end to the goals of the social thought police. My Facebook feed has articles every week now telling me what I should find attractive and beautiful in the opposite sex and inferring that I am an oppressive beast if not every body type or appearance appeals to me. These articles are usually accompanied by pictures of half dressed or fully undressed people of every body type and appearance that we’re supposed to appreciate…or else. Add these to all the articles about what we should eat, what we should wear, and what phone we should use if we’re going to be right thinking citizens .Why in the world can’t we just agree that there are different strokes for different folks…are we going to legislate taste and preference now? For the record, I like redheads, pork chops, iPhones, the mountains over the sea, and the ESV over the KJV… and I don’t care what you think about any of the above.
9. Nothing like discussing the assets of the rich and religious instead of the Gospel…said Jesus never…
10. Finally, the real news today is that it’s Jerry Lee Lewis 79th birthday. Happy birthday to the Killer…the greatest that ever lived.