My two weeks of guest blogging is about over. I wanted to thank you all for invigorating discussion and thought that you have spurred me to during this time. I want to thank Steve Evans for inviting me to join you. I’ve had a good time.
So for my last blog consider this scripture:
6 ¶ And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the aark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against aUzzah; and God bsmote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
I was riding with a group of professors to BYU and one of them said of someone, “He was trying to steady the ark.” He meant of course that the church received its correction from above and within and that anyone who noticed a problem ought not try to fix it. That’s not our job. Perhaps like poor Uzzah above they deserved to be smitten down for their attempt.
But what if Uzzah knew what he was doing? What to save the ark he offered his life? What if saving the ark was the Raison d’entre for his being there, right then? Without his reaching out to steady the ark it would have gone into the mud.
I can think of many ‘ark steadyers’ who risk career, life, family etc. because they thought the ox had stumbled and someone had to reach out and keep the ark from falling. Eugene England comes to mind, but also the organizers of the Cheney protest and alternative commencement at BYU when Dick Cheney was invited to be the graduation speaker. So I was curious, who would make your list of an ‘ark steadyer’s’ nest? They have to meet these criteria:
1) They deeply and unashamedly love the church.
2) They want to make the human parts of it better.
3) They take great risks to make it so.