The guillotines of orthodoxy keep a clean blade that is always honed for heresy.~Calvin Miller, The Singer
Recently encountered another of what I call “sifters.” They are the evangelical purists that keep a sharp eye out for theÂ fine points, the the exegetical minutae; human adjectives for whom modification, correction and adjustment are their duty and call. I’m always intrigued by such brethren. Always sifting everything they hear, eagerly seeking the point on which to disagree or to add a salient observation–the trump card. Discussions with them–speaking around them–are difficult because you know that the thrust is coming and that you will need to be ready to parry, to defend the thing you said but did not qualify or explain fully enough to satisfy the sifter that you are acceptably orthodox, which you usually are not.
I grow aweary of the millers of scripture grinding at the wheel of orthodoxy. Sifting and grinding–oh, how they grind so exceedingly fine! Would that we would follow Jesus’ example and love the world as carefully as we sift one another’s words!