Just a note to those falling all over themselves to say “I told you so” in response to the Bill Hybels/Willow Creek apology/confession: Don’t be lame.
It is most unhelpful. Okay, you were right all along (as you so gleefully want everyone to know). Now what?
One blog post I read was from a guy who, after pondering whether to credit Hybels for his very difficult announcement, decided “Nah. It’s too late.”
Well, look: Congratulations on your precognition. Now let’s figure out how to be graceful in our right-ness.
Exulting in the confession of failure of someone you expected to fail all along does not seem particularly Christlike to me, and if we’re going to make this about spiritual maturity . . . See where I’m going with that?
A request: If you’re going to rejoice in whatever you perceive someone’s failures to be, at least take a next step and offer some solutions to the problem.
Despite my own concerns with (my perception of) Willow Creek’s planned response to this development, I think Hybels’s announcement took tremendous courage and humility, and that is a success all Christ-followers ought to strive to emulate.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
– Philippians 2:3