Posts Tagged ‘Self Righteousness’

A Dangerous Place for People and for Churches

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

We live in an era where much of what we did doesn’t work.  And more disruption appears right around the corner.

Just this morning, watched a demonstration of robotic arms leaning over a stove preparing a programmed gourmet dinner.

For some the above is a sign of progress.  For others, a portent of fear.

Churches are the same.  Increasingly access to church and messaging is virtually frictionless. 24/7.  What does that mean for Sundays? For the older art of Pastoring? For community? For the very real work of financial sustainability?

There are dangers engendered by these seismic shifts.

One to speak to very clearly that Ross Douthout penned…

The satisfaction of self-righteousness as a compensation for the lack of success

I am unsure and anxious about how to navigate the future unfolding before us.  And what I know is that the temporarily satisfying burn of an angry self-righteousness will be not be the answer.  Failing churches, for example, can either breed inflamed zealots sure the world has done them wrong or humble servants aware of the fragility of all human endeavors.  My vote remains with the latter!

We will be in need of compassion not anger in the decades ahead.