Yesterday, we talked about the journeys and the ins and outs of “the right way.”
We Christians have been having this debate for years. In it, some lean toward the Molly Morality side of things, focusing on the rules. Others fall in the Sammy Spiritual Camp. To them, it’s about the experience.
Now, are there rules to our faith? You bet! Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and the second greatest is “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) So, we should place great focus on doing those things.
Also, it never hurts to go to church, pray, read your Bible, give back financially to the church, and engage in community. But these things only enhance our Christian experience, rather than define it.
As for dress code, eating habits, etc., those are all societal factors, and vary from culture. It is good to be mindful of what the culture deems appropriate, so that you can respect their traditions, but again is going too far to establish these sorts of things as universal.
So, before you get all hung up on a particular rule, I suggest you go back to the first one and ask yourself, “how does this rule match that intent?” You may be surprised to find no connection. You may be encouraged to find a direct connection. Or you may inspired to research and find out more information in order to make a sound judgement on the matter. Either way, by asking this fundamental question, we deepen our faith by making those things inside it our own. So, regardless of the outcome, you grow. And that is what we want: to grow closer to Him, to those around us, and to ourselves.
I pray blessings to you on your journey.