Recently definitions collided and crashed. It was a conversation about music in the church. After some careful research into the numbers of songs/hymns we sang during a year, I saw the total number of distinct songs we sang and was delighted. That's a really good number of songs representing a wide range of styles. Someone else immediately responded with disapproval. That's way too many songs for a church to sing. The list should be narrowed way down.
Clearly we had different definitions of what a good song mix should be in a church over a year. Neither one of us is on a moral high ground, but just have different definitions.
The same process works in areas like tithing and generosity, hospitality and outreach, worship regularity and devotional routines. We all have different definitions based on our experience and sometimes we defend them fiercely. The question I wrestle with this Sunday is when can our definitions be refined, challenged and changed...and by whom?