Steve,Good question. And what are you going to do when they answer it? And what if they don't answer it the same way that you would?
Yes, Steve, very good question. So is Ann's question.Blessings, RogueMonk
What happens when a parent explains a rule to their teen, and the teen doesn't do it because she didn't agree with it? What should happen?Sure, guys, it's a good question, but THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS. Discipline. Without it, the family/organization falls apart.This is also a question I would move from Ann's third person, to first person. That's the whole point of the post.Get mad if you want, but this is part of my job as pastor - to apply God's Word personally to real lives. I realize I have no pastoral authority over any of you, so I'm call you to this on your own...
Ahh, but it seems that you are assuming that when you ask folks what they believe that those who believe in a biblical mandate for inclusion will be in the minority. What if, upon your "examination," you discover that your interpretation of scripture is in the minority?
This would mean the children were running the family in direct violation of God's Word. As a sibling seeing the parents' abdication and joining of the disobedience, I would - deeply dismayed - leave the family.I would be careful to listen to my "parents" reasoning for doing what they're doing - including all the Gen Synod reports, etc. I would not be quick to leave. But if the family has conscientiously chosen to include sinners who don't agree with Scripture on what sin is, and don't repent of Scripture-defined sin in their lives, I would heed the call of Rev 18:4-5 and leave that family.Incidentally, isn't it rather juvenille to claim, "My side's bigger than yours"?