by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows & Kids Collide
Since Reformers Unanimous (RU) is an organization that treats addictions, I thought it would be important to understand their definitions of addiction.
From their website on “What We Believe about Addictions:
This definition is missing a key point; the activity has to be negatively affecting the person’s life in a major way. When that point is added, the remaining four listed topics could be incorporated under this definition.
Logically, since they’ve defined 14 out of 15 topics – and my guess is that the 15th topic is alcohol – they don’t need any more definitions. Yet, the list continues.
Overly broad categorization. For example, people working in high stress jobs with lots of sad outcomes – police, firefighters, certain medical professions, certain teachers, CPS workers – can be emotionally harmed by their jobs. That’s not considered an addiction anywhere else.
Well, according to one whack-a-doodle blogger, Anne of Green Gables drags girls into spiritual bondage so that’s another addiction.
That’s why we’re called “Spirited” not “Christians”. That’s also why the Rule of Law is completely pointless and addicting.
Apparently, including prayer or reading the Bible are now addictions according to this definition. I’ve been disappointed recently that a car accident injury dragged my graduate school career to a temporary halt. To deal, I’ve been trimming blackberry bushes, winterizing the garden and cleaning out my poultry shed. Those now addictions as well.
RU really needs to add a definition of sin to their theological statement of beliefs because I don’t know what they mean by sin anymore. I’ve heard that sin is attractive – but not addicting.
Mel is a science teacher who works with at-risk teens and lives on a dairy farm with her husband. She blogs at When Cows and Kids Collide She is also an very valuable source of scientific information for us here at NLQ. Mel is also blessed with the ability to look at the issues of Quiverfull with a rational mind and break them down to their most basic of elements.
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