To Whom It May Concern,
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! …He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. (Ps. 112:1,7)”
It is with deep sorrow that we write this letter concerning our friend and long-standing business partner RedCloud. After nearly a decade of working together, Syntax Records has decided to indefinitely suspend all promotion, support, and endorsement of RedCloud due to what we consider “Substance Abuse”. This decision was not made hastily, rather, the biblical precedents were followed with much patience, grace, and longsuffering (this did not happen overnight).
It is out of necessity that we make this decision since our business principles and ethics are not superior to the biblical moral standards that all Christians are subject to. We hold the Bible as the final authority of what we believe and how we should live. We believe the Bible condemns substance abuse as a “deed of the flesh.” The “deeds of the flesh” flow from the desires of the flesh, and the flesh sets itself against the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-24).
In the spirit of Matthew 18:15-20, RedCloud, was confronted individually with the aim of restoration. After a reasonable period of time without repentance, RedCloud was confronted with witnesses to establish the charge.
In no way do we assume we are morally superior to RedCloud or anyone. But we don’t proclaim ourselves, rather, we proclaim Christ, and Christ is morally superior to all – “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Cor. 4:5)”
It is our prayer and desire to see RedCloud, whom we love, reconciled to us, his family, and to his God, and that God honors our decision in this disciplinary yet restorative effort.
In closing, this will be the only response we provide on this situation until a praise report is warranted in the future of RedCloud’s repentance, restoration, and reconciliation. Out of respect for the family and others involved, we ask that you treat this matter with sensitivity and kindness, and that you add RedCloud and his family to your prayer list daily.
Timothy J. Trudeau