A friend just returned to me my copy of Richard Rohr's book Hope Against Darkness and I picked it up today and this is the first thing I read.
"People say they do not want to give way on important moral issues, but far too often they don't want to give way on the ego's need to be right, superior and in control."
Later he says this:
" Who of you can say with total certitude that you know you're doing God's will? I don't any day of my life, and it's very unsatisfying. That's what it means to "bear the mystery," to hang with Jesus on the horns of the human dilemma, to agree to find God in a clearly imperfect world. We would much sooner have certitudes, we would much sooner have order and control and know who the good guys are and the bad guys are. We don't want to hang in this ambiguous, compromised place with Jesus. Most would prefer dogma and perfectly objective morality to biblical faith any day. Certitude allows you to predict and control outcomes, and justify rewards and punishments. That's not all bad. The trouble is that it is not the message that shouts from the cross."