“I have no idea what you should do and no intention of binding your conscience.” These words reverberated through my soul the other day as I read them in an email from a friend. Instantly I realized a root cause of much personal anguish: my conscience has been bound. I have been hesitant to ask for help in any area of my life. I realized one reason is because when I have asked for help from spiritual leaders, they immediately tell me what to do or how to react. Some have been so quick to bind my conscience to an idea or an action that I have not had time to think issues through properly.
As I searched various church websites, I happened to come across this statement (I’ve never been to this church and have no idea what they do, but this statement thundered across my mind because I’ve always held so dearly to the priesthood of all believers teachings.)
“A Reformed idea of equal significance to the priesthood of all believers is the assertion that each Christian has the right of conscience before God. No church governing body can compel or bind a person’s conscience. While the church teaches and exhorts, faith and practice are to be resolved as matters of conscience by individuals before God.” (source)
So now I commit myself to not bind other people’s consciences. I repent for doing this in the past. I now seek to guide or coach, giving people the means to make their own conclusions and their own decisions, whatever they may be. Actually, one of my favorite songs of all time by Whiteheart says this really well: Sing your freedom.