Tuesday, January 11, 2011

age is just a number

photo: flickr

I want to be very clear that being a "dinosaur" has nothing to do with age.

In churches, dinosaurs can be old, young, rich, poor, skinny, fat, etc.  They can often be us.

This blog will perpetually run the danger of overextending the metaphor, but with that risk in mind . . .

The dinosaur is that part of us that values tradition over truth.  It likes being comfortable more than it likes being genuine.  It makes us cause conflict when having peace would mean that we have to change.

"Never try to sell a meteor to a dinosaur.  It wastes your time and annoys the dinosaur." is a play on a similar proverb: "Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It wastes your time and annoys the pig."

I like Hugh's update of the proverb.  The dinosaur has something to lose.  The pig doesn't.

I'm sure that the dinosaur exists in all organizations, but I think it dwells more prevalently in the church.

In businesses, dinosaurs stand to lose jobs or positions of status because of technological innovations or cultural shifts, but the losses are confined almost entirely to the material or social realm.

In churches, dinosaurs feel their very identity threatened; not just in a "no one will know who I am" kind of way but also in a "I won't even know who I am" way.  

In some ways I sympathize with the dinosaurs, but I also know that they must change.

Whenever the gospel gets in the way of my preferences, I need to let go of anything outside of Jesus that I've made part of my identity.  It very often feels like dying, or at least what I imagine dying to feel like.

1 comment:

  1. Hey bro, I'm enjoying these thoughts and excited for what's to come. I also apologize about not emailing back and do have every intention of doing so. I've just been lazy for what, two months? It's sad and embarrassing but true.


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