Recovering from Legalism [Dear Addie Column #7]

recovering from legalism

I know I haven’t been around here much. Summer has been beautiful here, but it’s brought with it something of a writing malaise, and I have had a hard time getting words on the page.

I did manage this piece over at Off the Page though — my response to the following question:

How do you recover from a legalistic background? Some verses are still difficult for me to come across without cringing or being hurt. I already know most of the verses have different meanings than what I was taught growing up, but I still have a hard time healing. Even though I don’t believe Proverbs 31 should be taken literally, I still get exhausted when reading that passage. Please help.

My answer has to do with music, cover artists, and finding the people that help us hear things differently. I hope you’ll hop over and join me!

And I hope your summer has been filled, so far, with rest and beauty, grace and light. I hope to be back around here more soon!


3 thoughts on “Recovering from Legalism [Dear Addie Column #7]

  1. I am not a morning person, never have been. Verse 15, “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household”, has always made me feel guilty. It wasn’t until my second child came along that I interpreted that verse differently. I had an epiphany! I had always been the one to get up for every feeding since I was nursing. I was up every two to three hours, most of which were before dawn. I was doing it all along and didn’t realize it! I have since found liberty from that verse that haunted me by sharing my view on what it now means to me. I think it’s important to remember the context of and when the scriptures were written as we figure out how to apply them to our lives today.

  2. But when from the Vatican down there is soooo much crap going on, it is impossible not to paint them all with the same brush. And sure; Francis is a charismatic pope, but I remember when Equal Marriage was legalized here how he declared a holy war on it, and how the church sent home pamphlets wih all the catholic school kids about how families are one mommy one daddy.

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