“A poet’s work (is) to name the unnameable, to point out frauds, to take sides, to start arguements, shape the world and to stop it from going to sleep” Salman Rushdie in The Satanic Verses.
The church, new or old, traditional and established or innovative and emerging, is always in danger of getting into a rut. Our minds tend toward routine ways of thinking. Our practices fall into common patterns. We go rote. We become robotic.
We always need poets. We need to strive to be poets, people who come with hard questions, who wonder, who doubt, who ask “why” and “why not.” These are acts of institutional resistance. Seth Godin in Tribes calls these people heretics
Heretics are engaged, passionate and more powerful and happier than
everyone else….Challenging the status quo requires a commitment, both
public and private. It involves reaching out to others and putting your
ideas on the line….Heretics must believe. More than anyone else in the
organization, it’s the person who’s challenging the status quo, the one who
is daring to be great, who is truly present and not just punching the clock
who must have the confidence of her beliefs (p. 49).
Without these people we simply accept the machine, We need people, we need to be the people, who shape the world and keep it from going to sleep.