I'd be a good Baptist, I guess. I don't drink (never have).The Ms Baptists believing that non-abstinence from alcohol is sinful. (Don't ask me why -- I don't even think that stance is defensible, honestly.) So they voted to keep their abstinence and some are pushing for them to sever all contact with the interdenominational church org.
Regardless, that's awfully stupid. But their actions speak as to their intentions, does it not?
Would you be like them? I don't see the connection. The only condition for you to be different is to act in accordance with your own convictions rather than a ruleset... but you must embrace your own convictions rather than have them imposed. You must know why you, not what or how to, act. If you make your choice based upon those convictions, you'll always be different.This is exactly the sort of stupidity that is ruling too much of "Christian religion" today -- unsupportable adherence to a way of life that excludes people and focuses merely on maintaining rules and regulations. It makes me mad and want to exclude them.. except I'd be acting just like them if I did so. So then I become sad.
Let's see if I can use an analogy... It is far less noble to donate to a charity becase "Jesus said so" than it is to donate to a charity "because people need help"... and to flip that around, it will be noble to help them because they need help - it will not be noble to continue helping them just to avoid being "one of them".
This is one major difference between myself and religion - I do not expect or ask for forgiveness. "Sorry" means that I didn't make a choice - an oversight, a true mistake, etc. I do not apologise for the actions I take intentionally... The responsibility lies with me and me alone and it should be me who bears the cost of my mistakes. Asking for forgiveness and having it given unconditionally trivalizes the burden of making the right moral choice."Cheap grace" is usually what is has been referred to for at least the last 30-40 years or so (if not a lot longer). People aren't changed by forgiveness unless they actually understand that, without it, they would be seriously screwed. Then it means something to them.