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The Problem with Rules

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

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Many years ago, a friend was humiliated by the pastor—from the pulpit—for wearing make-up and jewelry. It was her first and last visit to that church.

Guidelines and boundaries are necessary, but sometimes we can rule and regulate people to death, especially in the church. Some churches should have a sign on the door that reads:

 

You’re not welcome here if you:

  • wear shorts or jeans
  • have tattoos or piercings
  • are divorced
  • don’t tithe
  • have a criminal record
  • just don’t fit in with our folks.

The list could be endless. I once heard of a church that split because half the men believed a man had to wear a tie, while the other half refused. The doctrine of ties. Sad but true.

God doesn’t call us to dictate how others should think, act, dress, or live. We have our hands full taking care of ourselves. We’re called to share the gospel…the good news. What God says…not what we say. Our mission in life is not to change people but to love them.

God accepts us as we are and gives us His Word to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. That’s His grace and mercy abounding toward us. How can we do less for others?

In these crazy last days we’re living in, we need to let our light shine. Instead of requiring others to live by our man-made rules and giving them a list of dos and don’ts, let’s introduce them to Jesus.

Are your rules driving others away from God?

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and LPC Books and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.