We live in a time when consensus is king. We mustn't rock the boat or push too hard for a belief. After all, as the thinking goes, who is to say who is right? The only absolute of postmodernism is a lack of absolutes, and it would seem that a great many in the church are comfortable with that. Many are the voices that call for consensus, and some of them are quite persuasive at first hearing. With so many voices calling for the same thing it is often hard to think clearly on issues, like trying to think of a song while another is playing. But every now and then you come across some very clear thinking that brings you back to a right perspective. Consider the following from Margaret Thatcher on the topic of consensus:
"To me, consensus seems to be: the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner, 'I stand for consensus?'"
Since the beginning of the church there has been a need for God's people to stand and fight for truth. Athanasius "contra mundum" gave us a proper understanding of the deity of Christ when consensus would abandon the idea of Jesus as fully God and fully man. William Tyndale translated to Scriptures into English at the cost of his life, and Martin Luther faced the wrath of the Catholic church as he nailed his ninety-five thesis to the church door at Wittenberg. These and countless others lived lives faithful to the gospel and fought for its truth.
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