Someone once said that in the life of every problem there’s a time when it’s big enough to see, yet small enough to solve.
This is a pretty accurate view, I believe, of the internal mandate of the church -that of building up the body to full maturity, to a global “unity of the Faith”, and away from infantile doctrines (Ephesians 4:13-14).
This is what I call “up-river thinking” - solving problems when they become visible, but are still small.
We have, however, developed a down-river appetite for social change. We have become convinced that we must solve prejudice, climate, drugs, sex deviation, and all our social ills way down-river.