Phil Cooke’s brainfood the other day about “iconoclasts” has gotten me thinking:
The definition of “Iconoclast” is someone who does things other people say can’t be done. He or she is an independent thinker – even when that means going against the crowd. That sounds easy to say, but research shows that with enough social pressure, it’s almost impossible for most people to stand alone in their beliefs, views, and opinions.
Fear is chief dilemma here.
What’s so fascinating is that at The Orange Conference this year I’ve been able to connect, discuss, and hear from what appears to be numerous “iconoclasts.” Unfortunately, none of them are digital ones.
And that vexes me, because the new front to conquer is the web and the ministries and leaders who grasp it, engage it, and aren’t stopped by the fear that so entangles are going to be the ones that take ministry (and the Church) to the next level.
Perhaps most “brick and mortar” iconoclasts aren’t made to be “digital” ones, but I’m not sure that holds true for the vast majority. A healthy does of courage could probably do the trick.
Are you a “digital” iconoclast? Is there a reason that’s stopping you from being the one that you really are?