I just watched “Unknown Known” the acclaimed documentary on Donald Rumsfield, which is composed basically of the former Secretary of Defense reading memos he sent to various officials and then his sharing of his reactions to the readings.
One word struch me: Disconnect. Somehow, my reaction was I was viewing an extremely intelligent man who had a life of public service, but seemed, somehow, disconnected.
It brought me back to my recent thoughts of writing a series of blogs about disconnects. I’m convinced that there is a prevalent disconnection that is happening in the Christian church.
The pastors are disconnected from the officials of the denominations. The people in the pews are disconnected from the Gospel being proclaimed, in that they do not, privately, any longer, necessarily, subscribe to the doctrines and polity of the denomination. The pastors and the pew sitters are disconnected from the scriptures in that both pick and choose which verses and interpretations they will follow. And many, both pew-sitters and preachers, are disconnected from the relevance of it all in this technological and educaed world.
Are we living in a time when we’re disconnected from each other, disconnected from any grounding in our faith, disconnected from the gospels, disconnected from each other?
I’m experiencing the feeling that “Disconnected” may be the word that defines our faith journey in the beginning of this century.
Just some thoughts. When I sort it out better, I might write more about it.