Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Great Big Disclaimer

I never understood why disclaimers were such a big deal.  After my "Pregnant? Again?!" post and a few links shared on Facebook, I get it.  So here is our "Great Big Disclaimer" post.  PLEASE read thoroughly. :)
  • It is not our intention to say we believe the one right and only way to do things biblically (whether that is in regards to marriage, parenting, schooling, family size and so on).  There are many things in the Bible that may be arguable even among Christians but are not related to our salvation in Christ.  Where there is this room, we call it gospel freedom.
  • We also understand that different families have different convictions regarding different aspects of the Christian life.  One family may have strong convictions regarding eating only local, organic foods while another does not think twice about it's regular use of mostly processed foods.  One family may be convicted that homeschooling is the best option for them whereas another family thinks being a light in the public school system is more mission-oriented. 
    • If our family believes the Lord has given us certain convictions, it would be sinful for us to go against those.  However, it would also be sinful if we tried to push our convictions on issues where Scripture is arguable on those who are convicted otherwise.  Clear as mud?
  • We've chosen to write about particular issues on this blog simply for the fact that they are personal to us and allow us the opportunity to explain why we do things the way we do or believe what we believe.  They are not meant to condemn or discourage those who may have differing opinions or beliefs.  If you take nothing else from this post, please take that. 
  • Lastly, these thoughts are expressly the views of our family and do not necessarily reflect the stances of our church, places of employment or otherwise.  Our church has a core set of beliefs that we fully agree with.  Certain issues are considered "open-handed" and non-essential to our core beliefs.  The many leaders and members may have differing views and still be a part of the same body, growing in love and santification in Christ.
I hope these points help clarify a few things about our blogging.  There will certainly be posts where we'll all have to lovingly agree to disagree, and we're okay with that.  We'll do our best to share openly, kindly, respectfully and thoughtfully on any topic we pursue.  We hope our readers will do the same with comments and encouragment.

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV.

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