I found this picture at Creating Passionate Users and thought , “what a great reminder to the church that it can be sooo risky playing it safe!” The guy in red was rock climbing (the risky thing) while his parked car (the safe thing) was demolished by a gigantic boulder. The temptation for churches to play it safe is oh so powerful, but in many circumstances, oh so dangerous.
Remember the Masters reaction in Matthew 25 to the servant who played it safe? Here it is: “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’