Tuesday, May 1, 2012

This parable has something to say to the church!

A typhoon stranded a monkey on an island. In a protected place on the shore, while waiting for the raging waters to recede, he spotted a fish swimming against the current. It seemed to the monkey that the fish was struggling and needed assistance. Being of kind heart, the monkey resolved to help the fish. A tree leaned precariously over the spot where the fish seemed to be struggling. At considerable risk to himself, the monkey moved far out on a limb, reached down, and snatched the fish from the waters. Scurrying back to the safety of his shelter, he carefully laid the fish on dry ground. For a few moments, the fish showed excitement but soon settled into a peaceful rest. An Eastern Parable

Translation? The fish died! Relevance to the twenty-first-century church? Everything.
Our world is changing so rapidly; and more than ever the church needs more than good intentions.
We often enter a crisis with a great deal of enthusiasm, even compassion and heroism. But so often the result is tragic.

From The Monkey and the fish, by Dave Gibbons