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Another Modest Proposal

June 10, 2015

A famous anabaptist slogan reads

 

A Modest Proposal for Peace:

Let the Christians of the world agree that they will not kill one another”

 

Let me make another ‘Modest Proposal’. It could be called a Modest Proposal for Unity. It could equally be called a Modest Proposal for Sustainability. Or again it could be called a Modest Proposal for Community. Or it could well be called a Modest Proposal for Localisation, or for Local Mission. I have opted for “A Modest Proposal for Sustainable Community.” Like the anabaptist proposal this title connects with something that is seen to be desirable in the wider society. Similarly it calls on Christian to lead the way in a manner entirely consistent with the Christian gospel. The beauty of modest proposals is they do not claim to solve all the world’s problems they simply claim to be a small but significant step in the right direction. So without further ado, here it is.

 

A Modest Proposal for Sustainable Community:

Let the Christians of the world agree

that they will only worship in congregations

within walking distance of their homes.

Or, if they can’t walk there, that they will worship

in the congregation nearest their own home,

regardless of its style or tradition.

 

Sound easy? My suspicion is that this modest proposal will desperately need to be held together with the former anabaptist one, otherwise the Christians of the world will fight each other to death over the details.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2015 10:34 pm

    Excellent, I get to go to a TULIP hugging homophobic congregation in a cold building. Think I’ll become Buddhist.

  2. June 11, 2015 12:54 am

    Yep, we are relying on you to man up and lead the way, Jolyon 😉 It’ll be good for them… and you.

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