Lord's Day Liturgy

The School of Fish Strategy

I recently heard about the School of Fish strategy, where there’s a sort of safety in repeating whatever is the current school of thought. Recite the consensus, and if the group is proven wrong at some point, then you’re covered because everyone was wrong together. If you always swim in the same direction as the majority, once enough time passes the previous (and now obvious) error may even be forgotten. Danger (of being called out as wrong) averted.

We are starting to see some talking-point changes about COVID reactions. Now the Establishment is asking about the efficacy of vaccines and the usefulness of masks. What happened? Did the “science” start proving something different, or the political polling, or what?

I bring this up for a couple reasons. First, don’t confess your sin like any of these spin doctors. To some degree, the reason we have these people in such positions is because they do represent what we, the people, want. We aren’t going to get better representatives until we’re better at repentance. Honesty begets honesty, even when humility is required to admit that we were wrong.

Second, sin doesn’t just go away on its own, nor can it be covered by a group lie, nor does the passing of time cause it to be forgotten. Sin causes wounds, and wounds may be healed over time, but if sin itself could be dealt with, there would be no need for Jesus’ death. The gospel of time-passing would be enough.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5 ESV)

By His wounds we are healed, so we confess our sins to Him (1 John 1:9-10).