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February 24, 2018
There it was. Amidst all the laudatory things said about Billy Graham was a blog post claiming that what came to be known as the “Billy Graham rule”–that he would not, if possible, travel, meet, or eat alone with a woman other than his wife–was legalistic, fear-based, and divisive.
There’s a stream in evangelicalism that seems to be devoted to spotting what it thinks are problems in evangelicalism and rooting them out (kind of like cult-watchers who closely examine Christian sermons and writings to ferret out any hints of cultic influence). Sometimes they’re on target, but sometimes they sound more like people attempting to get attention in an on-line world where there’s a lot of competition for people’s reading time. Worse, I think they reflect the cynicism that is part of the post-modern mindset. Almost everything and everyone are suspect.

I read years ago that cynicism is fundamentally arrogant, and I think that’s right. Cynicism says, There’s a problem and I can see it. I can see through all the smoke and bluff and cover-up to what’s really going on. All you people who think everything is fine need to listen to me.

Sometimes cynics are right; with all their attempts at revealing the “truth” they’re bound to get it right on occasion. But often they try too hard. And they are too confident in themselves.
One Comment
  1. Paul Rutherford permalink

    Good point, Rick. Humbling, your point about cynicism. Especially when it comes to the legacy of the great Billy Graham.

    Yours thoughtfully,

    Paul Rutherford


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