Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rules and Conduct

I recently read a quote that went something like this- Children/Teens really only want to know three things-
What are the rules?
Who is in charge?
Who is enforcing the rules?
Rules are a funny thing. Especially in the light of who is enforcing them. If dad sets down a rule and mom does not enforce, mixed signals are sent. If mom dishes out some punishment and dad does not agree and makes it a whole thing, again, mixed signals are sent. Sometimes children who want to do something will ask numerous adults until they receive the answer they are looking for, especially when the thing they want to do is on the edge of the rules. Christians do this too. If they don't like what they are hearing at one church, they bounce to another. It's called church shopping. Now church shopping is not all bad. I believe that you need to keep searching until you find the church they fits your spiritual needs- and the spiritual needs of your family. But all too often at the first sign of the rules/norms/culture/worship songs, etc. not fitting the life I have chosen to live, people will run for another church, tell stories of how bad the church before was and are embraced with grace, mercy and love. What has changed in the person? Nothing, other than location. People run from problems and difficulties instead of choosing to be in right relationship with others. Where are you in your walk? Do you have something against someone else? Are you mad at God? Are you just lost? Come back to church if you have left, whether it's Grace or another church. Your church family is waiting. You are missed.
Matthew 5 says 23"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Go in peace and go with God.

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