One of the things I hear people say as we consider the shape and scope of life in the PC(USA) is how we need to be more courageous, prophetic, bold, strong, etc.
As a type "A" person, I like those words. It's words like that that get my blood pumping and engaged.
I like clarity. I like boldness. I like strong.
However, as I consider the climate of ministry life in the PC(USA), I think it's words like these that are part of the problem.
It's not that I favor weak, muddy, go with the flow, compromises with the culture. There are some things that are absolutely non-negotiable - like the Lordship of Jesus Christ, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, etc. But there are so many other things we have to decide and discern as fellow brothers and sisters that could be helped by not having to only vote "for" or "against".
I appreciate Robert's Rules - the system by which our church governs itself. Robert's Rules is great for bringing clarity because you only have two choices. By its very nature, it pits people against one another.
In such an environment, bold, prophetic, clarity can only mean that the other side is weak, compromised, confused, and wrong.
Maybe we are facing a time in the life of the church where we need something other than Robert's Rule where everything is spoken of in terms of "for" or "against" in order to discern what the Spirit of God is up to.
I wonder what our church life would be like if we didn't see each other only as people to be "for" or "against".