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Liberty, Legalism, and Love (5)

January 11, 2014 | by: Sam Storms| 1 Comments


Christopher Shapcott

Jan 13, 2014

Thank you so much for this latest blog. I think that I agree with the points that you are making. In particular, I agree that one needs to show sensitivity when dealing with apparent legalism. Perhaps you and your readers would be interested to know about the debate that you have inspired between my wife and I over here in Cornwall, UK.
My wife was brought up in a church-attending Christian family. In fact her father was a lay reader in the Church of England. This meant he wore black robes to look like a vicar and, on his own, he would run services including administering communion.
My wife tells me that on Sundays, as a Cornish child, she was not allowed to go to the beach, play outside, eat ice-cream, watch television, or go shopping. The list goes on; so to finish, she wasn’t even allowed to knit! As for the rest of the week, I won’t mention boys, but her home had strict rules on no smoking and no alcohol.
There may be a wealth of material here for a blog about legalism.
Since our marriage, there are only three areas that my wife holds to. She will only allow us to shop on a Sunday if we really have run out of essential food supplies (that’s for us and the dogs and cats). No one is permitted to smoke in our home on any day of the week. My wife never touches alcohol, although she allows me the odd glass of good Cornish ale.
Were my wife’s parents legalists? Is my wife still partly a legalist? I think that your blog answers these question.

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