Monday, June 10, 2013

To Rock the Boat or Not to Rock the Boat

Rocking the boat is great - IF it is "successful" and accomplishes good in the end. However, rocking the boat sucks for most people in real time, since most people get seasick and even fall overboard if the rocking is vigorous enough. Thus, rocking the boat generally is seen as a bad thing. 

This is one of the central paradoxes of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, since not harming others is important - but so is not stagnating by resisting necessary change (particularly through continuing revelation).  Jesus of Nazareth certainly rocked the Jewish boat during his ministry; Martin Luther rocked the Catholic boat vigorously; Joseph Smith rocked the Protestant boat just as vigorously; the examples go on and on and on. 

So, in summary:

"Rock the boat; don't rock the boat, baby. Rock the boat; don't tip the boat over (or cause undue, dangerous sickness to those in the boat)."

Sorry, couldn't resist.

1 comment:

Paul said...

I think one of the risks of boat-rocking is that we don't know how sensitive our fellow passengers are to the rocking of the boat: how easily made sea-sick, or how dangerously close to the side of the boat to fall overboard.

The Savior as boat-rocker is different: he created the boat, the sea and storm.