I recently read through Seth Godin’s book Tribes and absolutely loved it. Whenever I read his books or his blog I always feel energized to take on the world. One of his themes that stood out to me was his use of the word “faith.” While it is quite a bit different than what we are seeing in my series on faith—there is nonetheless intriguing overlap.

“…the only thing holding you back from becoming the kind of person who changes things is this: lack of faith. Faith that you can do it. Faith that it’s worth doing. Faith that failure won’t destroy you. Our culture works hard to prevent change. We have long had systems and organizations and standards designed to dissuade people from challenging the status quo. We enforce our systems and call whoever is crazy enough to challenge them a heretic.”

“What’s hard now is breaking the rules. What’s hard is finding the faith to become a heretic, to seek out an innovation and then, int he face of huge amounts of resistance, to lead a team and to push the innovation out the door into the world.”

Clearly, he’s using religious trigger words outside of a theological discussion. Maybe it’s just me, but I absolutely love the phrase “finding the faith to become a heretic.” I guess I never fit in well with the status quo.

The world needs more of these types of heretics.

What’s your reaction to this type of “heresy”?

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, Aiden, and Abel. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.

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