Friday, November 8, 2013

Questions To Ask

My sister Jane and I are staying in a place called "Sea Ranch," where we have rented homes for a few years now.  This is the first year that we rented direct from the owner, not through a rental agency.  We thought we knew all the questions to ask.  We had been doing this for several years.  We were veteran renters.  Wrong!  Some simple things we take for granted are not part of this house.  One bedroom has no closet.  It has a great ocean view, which was advertised, but no closet, which was not advertised.  Same room opens onto the main sitting room, and you walk through the sitting room to get to the bathroom.  We have never seen a house like this one.  We took things for granted.  We acted, rented, based upon our past experience, tradition. Institutional religion can be the same way.  The leaders think they know things based upon the past.  Tradition is enough.  There is nothing new under the sun.  The leaders ask no questions.  They just "know."  This house we are renting is like life.  There is always new stuff.  This is the post-modern world and medieval times will find us not quite prepared for the new stuff.  Surprise!

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