Unhealthy communities demand submission and avoid serious questions by providing thought-killing cliches in place of honest answers.
Thanks to Ray Ortlund for reviving this quotation from the late Francis Schaeffer:
“But someone will say, ‘Didn’t Jesus say that, to be saved, you have to be as a little child?’ Of course he did. But did you ever see a little child who didn’t ask questions? People who use this argument must never have listened to a little child or been one. My four children gave me a harder time with their endless flow of questions than university people ever have. . . . What Jesus was talking about is that the little child, when he has an adequate answer, accepts the answer. He has the simplicity of not having a built-in grid whereby, regardless of the validity of the answer, he rejects it.” — Francis A. Schaeffer, “Form and Freedom in the Church,” International Congress on World Evangelization, July, 1974.