Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Leaders and Best

So a group of people have agreed to work together, to reach goals, to even dress similarly so that others know that they're to be identified together.

They've organized themselves. They have one who guides what they do, one to whom they look as every new situation presents itself. But this guide is set apart from them in certain ways. They have another who is more like them, who governs them from within. Others fill in in assorted positions according to their talents.

But this group isn't doing well. The times have changed. They were once the most revered, the most honored, even the most feared...but lately they haven't inspired these reactions the way they used to. They sit by, ignored, even laughed at. Outsiders have agreed that they're only good for certain functions nowadays, none of which are particularly appealing to those not on the inside.

The group isn't doing well because they're using a set of customs from days gone by. These customs were handed down by a beloved, well-respected, dearly departed patriarch. They worked so well in his day and age...he wasn't to be denied. These customs brought their group such joy, such success, such meaning. These same customs are still used, and by people who were close to him subsequently appointed to his position.

But the world around them has changed. New techniques, new philosophies, new technology has arisen. Others have acknowledged these new developments and have adapted. Certain things now run faster. Multi-tasking has become quite popular. And yet this group, with its traditions from days gone by, forges on, hoping that they will still work, still connect, still address the needs of those who look to them for meaning.

Meanwhile, the world around them keeps marching on. And others wonder if this group will ever catch up. Those who love this group the most ache for them to do just that some day...and may even weep at the thought that those within its ranks still refuse to address what is happening around them.

Am I talking about Michigan football, or the church?


Anonymous said...

I was thinking Boy Scouts, myself. An example near and dear to (some) members of my congregation.

-That Girl from Chicago

Di said...

Then the question becomes, will God smite me if I mock your pain? Probably, as my denomination certainly fits the description, if we choose to go with "church" rather than "Michigan."

So, I'm struggling to remain compassionate.

-A loyal Buckeye fan

Jeff Nelson said...

Well, of course, the answer is simply "both."

And plenty of people struggle to remain compassionate with that answer, too.

Deb said...

Ah. Yes. Don't know as I want to saddle the Church with struggling teams (Chicago Cubs also come to mind)... but yet there are things to contemplate. I will be kind and not rub in the UM analogy... I have been on the dismal season drill and it truly sucketh.


I note the color scheme on your blog, btw... :)

Leaking Moonlight said...

That would be my Church and my beloved Huskers - both of which are up in the rankings...