There are a few problems. There is no doubt about that.
It’s well worth making it clear that there are problems. No point in hiding them. It’s also good to know a little about how those problems have come about and how we perpetuate them. That can be very useful.
For all that though, something I continue to be challenged about and rightly so is to point out what the alternative looks like. It’s what Jesus would have done – indeed Jesus spent most of his time preaching about what the alternative (which was actually the original) looks like. He preached about it. He taught about it. He demonstrated it. He upset the status quo because of it. He got killed for it. He rose again because it couldn’t be defeated. He released men and women to go about doing the same.
Over 2000 years later it’s a worthwhile exercise asking what it would look like now. What does it look like in my home? What does it look like in the workplace? What does it look like in the places people love to socialise in? What does it look like in the community? What does it look like in prisons and hospitals? What does it look like for the bereaved? What does it look like for those struggling with mental illness?
Devoting time working out the answers to those questions are more of a pursuit for me than dwelling in highlighting where we go wrong.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden