church spin control
came across this article at TheHeresy.com – How much of church [is] about control? – and it spurred my thought, of how often we see in churches and Christian organizations do spin control, speak in vague terms of eternal optimism, even equating optimism to faith. I’m rather sick of that. I’m one for honesty and hope.. let’s be honest about what’s wrong, and where the problems are, blemishes and shortcomings, even plain ignorance and lack of skills; and also, speak of the changes that are actually being made, give specific metrix of how things will improve, what efforts and plans are being put in place and define them in the open, okay? That’d rally a lot more prayer and hope and teamwork than the ol’ dodge-and-weave, and over-spiritualizing the situation, when plain evidence of mistakes, error in judgment, irresponsibility, oversight, forgetfulness is in play. Confession is good for the soul. I make mistakes myself all the time; if I fail to acknowledge it, call me on it. And don’t let me get defensive.