In a good-sized city, a Hastings store went out of business last year. Inexplicably, a new store with essentially the same slate of business lines just installed a store at the same location.
Also last year, in a small town with a fairly prominent Taco John’s and two fine mid-range Mexican restaurants, a Taco Bell/KFC went out of business. Subsequently, an entrepreneur decided to add to the somewhat lacking mix of fast-food options with a startup burrito joint that offers mostly Mexican fare. Later, a restaurant group inexplicably tore down a ramshackle building and broke ground to install a new Taco Bell . . . a block away from the Taco John’s and five blocks from where the last Taco Bell failed.
Both of these examples call to mind the proverbial definition of insanity—doing the same things and expecting different results.
In a new locale, tired Christians try to maintain a trusting outlook. Almost inexplicably, they visit church after church, hoping to find a small, biblically attentive, mutuality-emphasizing, non-franchise group to work with. Nearly every visit to an established congregation results in listlessness, discouragement, waning hope, and windless sails. (Churchiness has a way of doing that.) I think these folks are more idealistic and fatigued than insane, but the matter might be argued otherwise.
– B. Casey, 7/29/17