I have been thinking about theological liberals. Those are the people who no longer believe the old verities. Instead, they often espouse a philosophy built on vague concepts, deliberately ambiguous statements, indistinct images, and unclear metaphors, or they believe that all roads lead to the same place, that several contradictory ideas might all be true.
It struck me that theological liberals rarely build anything new. Building something requires deep, long-term commitment. The builder has to believe the long years of sacrifice will be worth it in the end. This is precisely what theological liberals can’t inspire. Why put in the work to build something that you are not really sure of? “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8, NIV)
So, instead of building something new, theological liberals often move into an institution—such as a church or a school—built by someone else and take it over. This is possible because the founders of the institution are focused elsewhere—on the grand vision that stands behind and beyond the institution. Theological liberals, on the other hand, focus on the institution because they need it to lend weight and credibility to their ideas.