On my last post about what women wear to church, Natalie and Bret made comments that got me thinking about the difference between Doctrine, Personal Opinion and what applies to me.
First we could have a whole post on what constitutes Doctrine. Everything from whatever the Brethren say when moved on by the Holy Ghost, to whatever they say, to whatever my local leader says when moved on by the Holy Ghost, to whatever he says acting in his particular office. That line is probably drawn in a different place for each of us.
Here’s my problem: I’m a straight arrow – letter of the law type guy for the commandments / doctrines I like and a push the envelope – it really doesn’t matter for the ones I don’t like.
Case in point – our mission rules didn’t allow us to go out of our district (as Disrtict Leaders) with our cars unless on specific instructions from the prez. We got a media referral for a BOM to a lady in a little village north of our district, not really covered by any other Elders close. It so happened that the village was one I recognized as being in my genealogy. Since it was a considerable way to drive and out of the district (and I wanted to check out the genealogy connection) I disconnected the spedometer cable and we drove up to see the lady.
Of course she wasn’t home and no luck on the genealogy either….bummer
But I find myself doing it in other areas too. Doing my Home Teaching, going to stupid meetings, what I wear to church, raising my hand to help the new family move in or out, reading the BOM by the end of the year (I did that…peer pressure), listening to or reading general conference talks, attending general priesthood meeting….can I go on, yes and on and on.
Of course I’m justified, at least in my own mind. If I wasn’t I wouldn’t do it. But where do we drawn the line? When is it Doctrine, when is it a commandment, when is it opinion and no matter where you draw the line – are you a straight arrow or an envelope pusher?