The Problem With Practical

“Stick with what works.”

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

“Keep it simple.”

I am usually a “basic”  type of guy. Meat and potatoes. Apple pie and ice cream. You know, easy stuff.

However, the problem with pragmatism is that it is very easy to lose a sense of awe at creation, to become emotionally and relationally stuck, and to become arrogantly closed minded.

Mark Batterson often says, “There are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet.” One could argue that the reason no one has thought of those “new ways” yet is because somewhere, in some book, some expert explained it all away because the “new way” was not practical.

We could really use more drawing boards and less “how to.” The latter repeats the cycle. The former get us dreaming again.

One thought on “The Problem With Practical

  1. Good stuff, Carlo.

    Another possible problem with pragmatism: What if finding the path of least resistance is *NOT* the highest goal of Jesus Christ’s Church?

    What if God has more pressing concerns than what appears to work best from the perspective of worldly success?

    In a nutshell, THAT’S the problem with pragmatism–by definition, it HAS to rely on a this-world metric of success. It CAN’T take an eternal perspective, and so can only give us a fraction of the picture.


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