Garrett’s fourth wish is –
While we are to continue to be Churches of Christ, let us become what Churches of Christ truly ought to be — in the light of Scripture and our own heritage
I disagree with those progressive, avant garde Churches of Christ who seek to escape legalism and sectarianism by leaving their heritage and becoming some other kind of church. … If one’s mission is to help renew and reform the church, it is a mistake to leave. Changes are best effected from within. …
We do not help our people by leaving. Those we can help the most are our own people.
One my most formative experiences as a Christian leader (I was no leader at the time) was watching the men of my church some 30+ years ago challenge the minister and elders in a deeply loving and scriptural way — and by so doing, build a foundation for a vastly improved, much more spiritual congregation.
For years, people unhappy with the way things were simply transferred to another congregation in town. There were plenty of other places to worship — why stay there and deal with the problems? But the families that decided to stay ultimately made all the difference in the world. They changed things. You see, things only change when people stay.
As a result, nothing motivates me more to stay in the Churches of Christ than when people ask me to leave. More than once I’ve received an email or comment saying, in effect, if I’m so unhappy with how things are, why don’t I just leave? Well, because I love the Churches of Christ too much to leave.
I could do some good, I suppose, in a community church or some such place, but God has put me in a place where, with his blessings, I might make a much bigger difference. And who am I to tell God he was wrong to have done so?
And I’m harldy unique. Lots of people in the Churches of Christ are positioned to make a difference that could even resound across the planet. Where could we go to be of greater service to our Maker?