Monday, August 01, 2005

More on the need for history in the church

Peter at Stronger Church writes about the value of a historical perspective in the church:
Our culture is enthralled with the latest and greatest. We almost seem to need the latest and greatest to sustain our interest. And we view what came before us as antiquated and irrelevant. When we bring that approach to our spiritual lives and to our churches, we plunge headlong into a consumer driven mentality, and a mentality that suggests that youth is far superior to age and experience, and I believe we do so to the detriment of our people.

Those who came before us give us balance. Their wisdom calls us to faithfulness and devotion. We can ignore them, but in so doing we display an unusual arrogance. We certainly want to avoid the extreme that equates doing things the "old" way with biblical fidelity. But if using the contributions of those who have gone before us - even if their style is different than ours - can help deepen our people, then let's open that well from which they can drink.
I agree.

6 Comments:

Blogger Peter Bogert said...

Thanks, Milton!

7:51 AM, August 01, 2005  
Anonymous Frank said...

Nice one. You and Peter hit a homer on this one. Of course I threw up a link and I hope that people read this one as we all need to hear it. Keep'm coming and know that we are still praying for you and the clan in the commonwealth.

http://www.team-swap.com/wordpress/2005/08/01/church-history-and-its-importance/

10:37 AM, August 01, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

You're welcome, Peter. Thanks for the good material.

3:14 PM, August 01, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Frank! Peace.

3:14 PM, August 01, 2005  
Blogger Kim said...

This was an excellent reminder! I totally agree. My daughter's sunday school class was having some lessons about church history, and the teachers totally skipped all the great church councils. They went from the infant persecuted church to the Middle Ages. I was kind of disappointed for her.

4:23 PM, August 01, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

No kidding, Kim. Those councils did quite a bit to shape who we are now. If you never study the church after NT times, you never learn how the Holy Spirit worked in the church, for example, to bring us the canon of the NT! Thanks for reading and for adding to the discussion here.

6:52 AM, August 02, 2005  

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