Bags of Bran

“but what cares he for that?”
April 19, 2014, 10:32 am
Filed under: Biography

From a hastily-worded, unsigned article in the Religious Herald, November 27, 1884:

As soon as he found that he was not a Baptist, the thing for him to do was to hand in his credentials, wish his brethren well and quietly walk out of their ranks. . . . But not so. About the last thing that one of these unhinged and noisy men who have an attack of omniscient liberalism will do is to quit us. He holds on to his place, draws his salary, and makes a brilliant effort to “reform” the Baptists. So long as he can find a few shallow and blustering supporters, he will cling to his position. He goes only when it becomes impossible for him to stay. His staying may upheave and disrupt the church or school which employed him under the mistaken notion that he was a Baptist; but what cares he for that?

This statement may lack grace in the heat of the moment, but it offers a valuable perspective. The author identifies one of the character flaws that manifests in any liberalizing tendency.

And, the reader will readily acknowledge, the age of the internet has made armies of shallow and blustering supporters much easier to come by.


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