One of the characteristics of our human nature is that we spend a lot of time reacting to, and trying to distance ourselves from, the sins of our fathers.
As we react, it is as though we were jumping up and grabbing a great pendulum as it swings away in the opposite direction.
In the exhilarating rush of the ride, we take comfort in the fact that we are not like those who preceded us. If we are spiritual we are not religious. If we are Protestant, we are not Catholic. If we are Emergent, we are not Traditional. If we are Reformed, we are not Dispensational.
Seems to me that, as important as it is to identify, correct, and move away from the errors and excesses of the past, it is just as important to see what is worth keeping, and building upon.
Maybe this is one of the great challenges of life– to sort thoughtfully through the stuff inherited from a passing generation…before we ourselves lose our grip on the great pendulum… and leave our own excesses and extremes to those who follow.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven… a time to keep, and a time to throw away… Ecclesiastes 3:1, 6