It takes a lot of hard work to work in community to hammer out convictions about how to apply Scripture to our lives. Even if I don’t agree with the particular conclusions of particular church or group, it’s been my experience that the evidence of the hard work often shows in the way in which they apply those rules. They are rules after all, which means there are lines and boundaries, but the hard work tends to rub off the rough edges of the way in which they’re delivered and enforced.
When a group of leaders adopts a group of rules without thinking, there is a temptation for leaders and congregants alike to hit the knee jerk button – as in, overreacting if anyone gets too near to that boundary line. [Read more]