Carefully, Carefully

Critique and Reform


We must be careful in our love/or hate of the Church (a lover's quarrel?) and see to it that we love the brothers and sisters, whatever may be their faults - and not take on the task of accusing the brothers, which the Evil One has already taken as a primary task.

We may critique and seek to correct, we may protest and cry for reform, but we must do it very gently, very carefully. When thinking about the old and the new, and of attitudes within the emergent community, with whose frustration and critique with regard to the established church I often tend to agree, I remember the needed warning and corrective of Paul Johnson, who writs in, 'The Recovery of Freedom:'  "The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false."

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