Some recent comments that I have received from other believers has really gotten me thinking that there are secret walls within the church. These walls represent those things we stand divided on, yet many times we aren’t willing to be honest about.
One person in particular mentioned how her daughter was attempting to talk about a delicate topic. Because she was questioning some things and stating how she felt, the “leaders” were quick to shush her because in their eyes it wasn’t lining up with scripture.
That was a secret wall that was erected. The wall represented the topic and the secret was that we can’t talk about that…we can’t acknowledge your feelings because they don’t mesh with what is believed.
Yes, some things are pretty black and white but if we were to be real honest, many things are not. I have been recommended movies by Christians who stated they were “clean.” But then something in the movie would happen or language would be used and I would wonder what their idea of clean is.
We all have our views on issues like books, music and movies. What one person might think is fine, another doesn’t. But then we go so far as to put a “sin” label on them. We think that watching a particular movie is a sin or listening to music that isn’t Christian is a sin.
A few years ago my oldest son who was in middle school at the time was disturbed by what a Sunday school teacher told him. He was told that watching “Star Wars” is sinful. It’s amazing how some of us can box in things like that.
These are all secret walls. We don’t like to talk much about them. They ruffle feathers. They cause division. They result in judgment. Yet I have to ask, are these really issues of salvation?
Could it be that for one person an activity might not be best for them, for whatever reason…but for another, it could be completely fine? Yet we go around erecting these walls and they tend to divide yet we never really talk about them.
What secret walls do you see going on in the church?