An Article Worth Considering (Matthew Corbitt)
Epic Article. Please read and consider this perspective. The full article can be found linked below.
Fitly Framed- PDM
"If I may be blunt I'm concerned that the church we all deeply cherish will be put at risk by our failure to subscribe to the notion of our complex interdependencies."
The church is a body created by the Spirit of God to be a living organism. The Church is fitly framed (Eph. 2:21) together. It is dependent upon both its creator and its several members. It is both dependent and interdependent.
The Church (the body of Christ) is complex. When we examine manmade devices or mechanical contraptions we may say they are complicated but not complex; they don't have interdependencies. For example, your car does not need to start in order for my car to start. If I hit the light switch, I may expect a predictable response without having to worry about electrical grids in India. In simple jargon, mechanical things are not intrinsically interdependent. But living organisms are intensely complex in that they are highly interdependent. Take ecology for example: when societies decide, say, to eliminate a certain animal or species, they risk interrupting the food chain, thus causing severe consequences. They risk interfering with vital and often unknown interdependencies. (Comment inspired by "Antifragile" by Nicholas Taleb)
If I may be blunt. I'm concerned that the church we all deeply cherish will be put at risk by our failure to subscribe to the notion of our complex interdependencies. We may lay out agendas and ideas without wisely considering all the interacting parts, such as: Where does the anointing come from? Or where are the true sources of wisdom and how are they accessed? What role do our elders play? Have their true thoughts been explored on any given subject? What is the resiliency of the superstructure within our system of beliefs such as convictions and commitment? How strong is our passion, or we might say our spiritual bones? a
Fitly Framed- PDM