As I was clearing up so old files in my office the other day, I came across a quote I had cut out of a Leadership Journal almost 25 years ago now. I remember being captured by this quote when I first read it and it is as fresh and true today as it was then.
These words were written by Father John McKenzie, a Catholic scholar back in the 1970s, which gives rise to a few of questions: First, why would someone who says such things still travel with the title â€˜Fatherâ€™? And second, why didnâ€™t anybody listen to him? And finally, why didnâ€™t I actually believe these words when I first read them? They would have saved me years of grief. For I have found out in the years since that it is exactly true. Until we give up all the false places where weâ€™ve tried to control Godâ€™s people, we wonâ€™t know the reality of the church of Jesus Christ as she has existed down through time outside the walls of our own institutions.
I guess it is easier to speak words of that ring of truth, or jot them down in journals, than to actually heed them.