I like Carey Nieuwhof’s podcast and writings. His work on leadership is challenging, very practical and level-headed. Check him out at http://careynieuwhof.com/.
In this piece he argues that, if we look for consensus before we act, we will do little. Bold ideas are not always adopted straight away. We need the courage to act anyway because consensus kills courage. We need to be willing to act alone. Great leaders have had to step out without having everyone on side.
That is balanced by a recognition that simply being independent and pig-headed can mean that we are jerks. We still can benefit from advice and we still need to test our ideas by looking for others’ buy-in, but after we have taken the initiative, not before.
Do you have a vision that others’ haven’t yet caught onto? What is it? Do you believe it is of God? Do you have the courage to make a start trusting that people will see its value and join you?
Why It’s Time to Give Up on Your Desire for Consensus
Trevin Wax has written on The Gospel Coalition site, questioning whether those who hold a traditional view of sexual morality can accommodate those who want to revise that understanding (including the pressure to accept homosexuality and to redefine marriage). Can we simply give space to everyone?
There are some in the PCANZ who claim to hold a biblical view but also call for the church to make room for everyone, so this is very relevant.
Wax’s answer is a clear “No” for several reasons including the following:
- The revisionists (those who propose a new morality) don’t actually want there to be multiple views. They want their view to prevail. As Wax says, “they don’t ultimately want just a space at the table. They want the table.”
- While many revisionists claim that tolerance is required for effective mission today, that tolerance is not actually calling people to repent and turn to Jesus. Again, in his words, “As the Sexual Revolution wreaks havoc in the lives of people around us, Christians have the opportunity to proclaim the Scripture’s moral clarity–not as a barrier to the faith, but as the beacon of light in a morally chaotic world. To be faithful in this time, the Church must be a haven of hope, a refuge in the midst of sexual chaos. We won’t be able to do that if we think the way forward is “agreeing to disagree.””
“What we have is not historic Christianity, but a mutation of classic Liberalism, only now the emphasis has shifted from denying or downplaying Christian miracles to denying or downplaying Christian morality,” he says.
The post is well worth a read. In fact, you will find many other great resources on The Gospel Coalition site.
For another article by Trevin Wax on the same subject, but making different points, click here. In this one he considers the call to unity at all costs and questions who it is that is dividing the church.