One of my favorite authors and thinkers, Brian McLaren has a new book out this month entitled, Everything Must Change. Of course, I ran out and bought it though I’m 6,000 feet deep in reading. I had dinner with Brian last year as he was working on the book. The working title was “Jesus and the Suicide Machine.” They changed it. But, honestly, can you think of a book title more provocative than “Everything Must Change”?
Anyhoo, I’ll be slowly making my way through the book and from time to time share some thoughts I find particular useful and/or provocative. Here’s one from chapter 2.
“… I also knew that most churchgoers, including myself, either didn’t share that concern for the poor or didn’t know how to turn concern and good intentions into constructive action. Even though we believed that the poor should be helped–that poverty should be fought–we didn’t know how. We had heard liberal and conservative arguments blaming poverty on everything from capitalism to communism, from corruption to bad trade policies, and from debt, to selfishness or immorality of the poor, government regulation of business, and badly administered charity. We seemed polarized by our idealogical diagnosis of the causes and cures of poverty, and even worse we were paralyzed by our polarization, and so the poor continued to suffer–trapped by their poverty and our polarizing, paralyzing arguments about poverty.”