I can’t help it

Maybe I should not write a post when I am upset. I think I am most likely to rant. I need to rant.

I hate protocols and precedents. It seems to me that they kill spontaneity. They squelch a response to God’s spirit moving; calling us to act. They kill love and all the flexibility and responsiveness that a loving relationship needs to grow and flourish as part of God’s great gift of creativity.

Protocols seems to me the way an organization responds. But a community, a family and a living body, when it is forced to adapt to hard and fast rules becomes dysfunctional, I think. So is the church the body, living and responsive, or is it set and hardened within sets of rules?

When we give protocols and policies a higher place than the practice of love we are not practicing the faith Jesus taught us. It was one of his big struggles as he walked among a land full of religious leaders who had forgotten the real meaning of God’s law.

In Matthew 23: 23 and 24 Jesus said, “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!

There, now I feel slightly better.


Filed under church, Dealing with stuff

6 responses to “I can’t help it

  1. I hear you.

    Of course, now I’m curious and trying to decipher your email!

  2. Linea

    I think I have to spare everyone the details to protect the not so innocent. 🙂

    Sometime I may tell you what caused this but I can’t here.

  3. Amen and amen.

    and now I’m curious too.
    But i hear you, and agree.

  4. Oops. I didn’t mean your email. I meant your post.

  5. linealanoie

    I am not sure how to tell the story behind the rant without becoming part of the problem.

    It has to do with planning events or actions not because they are a response to love prompting the action but rather because it fits with our policies, it matches a protocol, it fits with the program. And the program may have been conceived and designed at a moment when love prompted it. But now people served by the program must fit the criteria, no matter that the ones that don’t quite make the grade may need it the most.

  6. I am hearing you…..and I agree…..some hearts just cannot be molded, shaped or softened. They remain rigid and die from lack of use.