…I really don’t have the time to go around sticking up for everyone. How much better for all of us if we recognize our true enemy is probably not sitting on a pew in a different church than us…
And I am not saying that we should stop the discipline of examining ourselves daily or welcoming constructive criticism, but I am saying that I think a lot of us have done enough explaining and defending to feel like we are freed up again to get back to the mission of helping God reconcile all things to Himself, and not to feel dampened.
Or in other words, the harvest is ripe. The season is now. Jesus is with us. Its time for young people to rise up with wings likes angels, time to FLY (as my old pastor Chuck Swindoll said once) . . . and don’t let anyone clip your wings!
Well said, Andrew.
I don’t think we ever move beyond needing kindly rebukes, and we should stay open to that. But I’ve never forgotten this quote I picked up in a comment related to EmergentNo:
Don’t you remember what Gandalf said to Theoden? “even now Wormtongue plays a cunning game and wins a throw, by delaying us from our tasks…”