Don’t Mix the Reds with the Whites

I lean on Susan Kline so often I should put her on salary. Her devotional fits my recent Facebook posts.

“One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind” (Romans 14:5).

My daughter was visiting the other day and noticed piles of clothes on the floor waiting to be washed. A tiny pile of red items sat to the side. “You still do your reds separately?” she inquired. “Of course! Don’t you?” If you’ve washed a load of whites where a stray red t-shirt got mixed in, pink becomes the new white.

Everyone grows up with rules. Some rules carry into adult life; others we leave on the path behind to become guidelines, not absolute truths. Your rules are yours; mine are mine. We choose what works.

Some rules are absolutes, like government mandates. Many argue the Bible has absolutes, rules all must obey. But how do we know which rules are absolutes?

In “A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God,” Larry Osborne proposes that many spiritual disciplines in Scripture are “tools” rather than rules; guidelines to help us serve God better. The messy part comes when I take one tool as a rule—absolute—and expect you to see it the same way. I might view tithing as a rule; you may see it as a guideline.

We may want to help others by sharing our rules. If they work for us, why wouldn’t they work for others, right? Not necessarily. Most spiritual disciplines (rules) are actually tools. Others are free to see what works for them.

We must always remember: What works for me may not work for my neighbor. Perhaps you’re okay with pink.

Thanks Susan.

Old Grandpa Lloyd