15 July 2009

The True Meaning of 'Eldership'

Wow, what a fantastic idea: The Elders

I just came across the existence of this group from a statement made by Jimmy Carter that was carried in The Guardian on the subject of The Words of God do not Justify Violence Against Women

But it's not even the rights of women I really want to highlight here.

Instead, I was taken with the following statement:
But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy - and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.
I wonder whether what this doesn't say is more powerful than what it does say?

What's implied here is that if you are a person in the prime of your life who wants to 'get ahead', you'd better not challenge the way things are done too much. Diplomacy is the better part of advancement.

On the positive side, what a liberation to be able to put Truth first!

An inspiring thought, I think, for both senior citizens and not so senior citizens. We can all make a difference by shining a light on Truth and by speaking out against injustice. This is true freedom.

1 comment:

Rev Tony B said...

Or if you're a Methodist minister and want to be reinvited beyond you first 5 years to let your kids get through school, don't rock the boat. The current default assumption of itinerancy is that we move unless a majority want us to stay. If it was that we stay unless the majority want us to leave, it would give a little more security, and make real ministry a little more possible. But as long as we are beholden to people, we will feel hamstrung and unable to rock the boat too much. And by the time we get old enough not to have to worry about our children, we've had too many moves and don't really want any more than we can get way with. Not a good system.