For as long as I can remember, breaking the rules never set well in my spirit, so I just didn't, and still don't do it.
Breaking the rules makes me nervous, and even if I was in the right, I feel guilty for doing so. Because of that, I just don't - most of the time.
Even so, I consider myself a bit of a non-conformist. Here's why:
I am an ultra-conservative, Bible-believing Christian in a society that is decidedly liberal. I share many strong social beliefs with my fellow Christians, even while being in conflict with them.
For example, I am pro-life. We should stop killing our babies for birth control's sake. How can a fetus not be considered life prior to the 3rd trimester, but a microscopic cell found on Mars is?
However, I am not anti-abortion. What? Why?
Because I deeply care about women who are pregnant. As much as I don't want them to abort their child, I also don't want our society returning to back-alley, illegal abortions. I'd love to see more education for pregnant ladies and easier access to adoption for childless couples.
See? I'm not really breaking the rules, but I still believe there are grey areas.
Many conservative Christians homeschool their kids. You couldn't PAY me enough to do that. Yikes.
Most of my Christian friends think that a Bible study is done by reading a book other than the Bible, then talking about the principles the book is based on. You can read all about my opinions of that in my earlier post, "Why call it a Bible study when it is really a book study?"
I do not own a smartphone, and hope to keep it that way for as long as possible. It's not easy, you know, with so many things like coupons, boarding passes, depositing checks, etc. going completely smartphone digital. Grrr....
I wear the styles of clothing that I like and hate being told what is "fashionable." Clothes are way too expensive for me to be switching out a wardrobe based on what's "in style". It's hard enough to keep up with the Chicago weather changes, let alone haute couture fashion.
The Bible talks about women being a quiet, gentle spirit. Anyone that knows me, knows this is NOT who I am.
It doesn't matter how hard I try to be, I am not a quiet, gentle spirit. I am a chatty, lively, tell-it-like-is kind of gal.
Like me, or don't. That's your choice.
If you want quiet and gentle, you'll have to see my friend Jessica about that.
Have I ever broken the rules? Yes, of course.
I've made bad decisions, done bad things; but by the grace of God I survived and didn't kill anyone along the way.
However, when a high school classmate knicknamed me goody-two-shoes, I knew how others perceived me.
If we tear this down to the basics, you could say I'm the type of person who follows the established rules, but do not expect me to sit back and quietly acquiesce if I think that rule is stupid and should be changed.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (CEB)
20 Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21 but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good.
Acts 5:29 (CEB)
29 Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than humans!
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