Post-Everything Part 2

Yesterday, we looked at the seemingly logical conclusion that progress means being post-what-was-before, and too easily post-everything. Being post-denominational is to reject the rich traditions and heritage of the Christian faith that have given rise to the very churches that now embrace them.

There is great health in submitting to the leadership of others and in acknowledging the protections of having wise overseers with whom to partner, beyond board level. Such interdependent autonomy is no oxymoron, but actually embraces the New Testament notion of servanthood in preference to control, provided that the welfare and health of the church is a priority. Independent churches, of course, can run well, but they depend on the people involved and their attitudes.  The more checks and balances, the more the protection.  Rather than being intrusive, this is invitational.  It communicates a desire to be protected and provided for, but it certainly requires willing participation.  Otherwise, it can so easily be sold in a snowjob agenda as defunct and restrictive, which no denomination needs to be.

Finally, I would wonder why it is that anyone needs to be free of their past.  The cultural moorings of any organisation cannot be repealed lightly, not because they are always right, but because they have given current generations their right to exist in that place. The trust of generations is not so central to future decisions and directions as to displace the foundational template of the Bible, but history informs and shapes expressions and values which are in the roots and which have given and still give life and character to any church that has been around long enough.

 

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