Any old fool

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most fools do.”- Benjamin Franklin

Everyone is criticizing the church. I mean everyone.

The atheists, the cultural elite, the man on the street, the politicians… well, it’s an election year so criticism gives way to pandering. 

But most of the critics I notice come from within our own ranks.

I’m guilty of it big time.

We are a dysfunctional family, but family we are. 

We have the spiritual teenagers, those who look around and KNOW that the last generation is WRONG! and don’t hesitate to speak about it with great enthusiasm, volume and frequency.

We have the spiritual older folks who look at the teenagers and say, “Damn kids! With their long hair and guitars. They’ve got no respect for tradition!”

Reminds me of this,

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”- G K Chesterton

Maybe I should listen to another Chesterton quote,

“The voice of the special rebels and prophets, recommending discontent, should, as I have said, sound now and then suddenly, like a trumpet. But the voices of the saints and sages, recommending contentment, should sound unceasingly, like the sea.”

Lots of prophets, not many saints.

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