Very soon, too soon, probably, a loosely selected committee of well meaning people will post a leader for a fading group of confederated baptist Christian congregations in Texas. Their last two leaders proved, in succession, problematic and then transient. A good choice will not suffice this time. Their choice must be stellar.
Alas, the prospects do not seem promising.
My contribution to their quandary is this book length series of posts on what it means to exhibit an admirable life. As usual, I have my ulterior motives. I want to double use the time, or triple use it if I can, for I am about out of time.
Here are the salient points, thus far, at least as I see them:
- The Post-Modern Culture Wars are fought between the Nihilist Extreme on the one side and the Fanatic Extreme on the other. Christian Realists stand somewhere in between the two extremes. We are losing influence at every point. The collapse of the Center means the Extremes abrase each other more easily, with disastrous results for all.
- The Restoration of the Center must needs take place around our definition/description of what it means to be admirable. We knew once but we do not know any more. At least, we once agreed, culturally, but we do not agree now. God's once prominent place in our culture is vacant. We can agree on what is not admirable, in some small ways, but we cannot say what is good or right or virtuous. If we cannot start to articulate nobility, someone more vigorous will do it for us. He will be a Fanatic and the world will be lost or he will be a Nihilist and eternity will be the forfeit.
- Doctrine is what matters most to us and least to everyone else. We want a crowd, so we dumb everything down to the childish self-lover. We cross the world to make one convert. When we get him, we make him twice the child of Hell. I think it might be more important to be real than right, but it seems neither is present.
- When the committee posits a new leader and the sheep bleat their obsequity, someone will stand up to tell them why we should admire the new fellow. I am telling you what I think is admirable. If you are one of the sheep, when you send along a name to the committee, or when you tell them you pray for them, try to tell them what you think would be admirable in the new fellow.
Back to work tomorrow, early.
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