It’s not hard to believe that Stace Nelson would be at the center of conflict, but for those of us who know him. It is very hard to think he is not a good person. He is very outspoken and passionate. Maybe sometimes to a fault.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that he’s right about everything or that he handles personal differences in the manner I would, but I’m not in his shoes and Stace has to live his life the way he believes is best.
This session I have wished we could all wipe our relationships clean and meet each other again for the first time without any preconcieved notions. Friendships weren’t broken, grudges weren’t made and our agendas were united. It wasn’t that many months ago most of us were allies. But in a short time, wedges have been driven so deep that reconciling seems very unlikely.
For those of you who do not know Stace and have only read about him, ignore the bad you’ve heard and acknowledge the good. Form your own impression after you meet him. You will find a good and genuine man with deeply held convictions about doing what he believes is right.
And if you are rolling your eyes, think back to what you thought about him a year ago or the first time you met him. We have good people on both sides of the divide.
And for those of you who do not like Lust and Rausch, take a moment and realize that it is just as likely they are acting on their own beliefs as passionately as Stace is on his. It’s ok to disagree and it’s ok to have conflicts. That’s politics.
The recent conflicts haven’t changed my opinion of Stace. I like him and believe he is a good man. I think the same about Lust and Rausch.