Monday, March 24, 2014
Excommunication is a funny thing. The Church is supposedly for everyone - as in EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BEING EVER BORN OR TO BE BORN ON EARTH NEEDS BOTH THE GOSPEL AND THE ORDINANCES FOUND ONLY IN THE LDS CHURCH - and yet there are those times when you just have to take your neighbor aside and say:
"Hey, Jesus loves you and died for you, but you can't be in his church anymore because we say so!"
Everyone's supposed to fit in, but apparently we need to kick some people out anyway. This is kind of the way Jesus wants it.
Let's be practical here. You can't let that new convert dude keep standing up and flipping off the first councilor whenever he takes the stand, can you? And I know there's room for the lady who likes to teach that dinosaur fossils were placed on the earth by the Devil to deceive the hearts of man, but can we honestly sit by and let a Sunday School teacher admit that she thinks green tea is harmless and that the Church should change its policy about tea drinking?
What are the limits of heterodoxy and heteropraxy? What are the Church's limits? Who's out? We can't all be in.