If something is to be rejected, it should be not for its being unconventional but for its being ungodly. If something is the holiest, most blessed way, it doesn’t matter that nobody else, even other believers, does it. Now of course no one but God has supreme knowledge of what should be, but imposition of “wisdom” by fiat rather than by reasoning from Scripture is spiritually anaemia-inducing at best and potentially dangerous to the soul as well. As Plato’s Socrates says in The Republic (V.452e, tr. Griffith),
It became clear that only a fool regards as laughable anything other than what is bad. Anyone who tries to be amusing by pointing at any spectacle other than the spectacle of folly and wickedness must quite seriously have set himself some standard of beauty other than that of the good.
This is one thing to which I wish we would all be diligent in studying God’s word: application that isn’t deadened by our preconceived, extrabiblical expectations of what’s “absurd” and what isn’t, nor misdirected into spurious paths. As it is, sometimes I feel little energy coming from discussions in Bible study that do nothing for any but the most private, individual self-examinations of character rather than also including what a portion of Scripture tells us about what should be done.
It’s easy to label something absurd if everyone thinks so and then to consider its proponent naïve. It’s much harder to consider all our doings, even the ones we take for granted, in light of God’s very words to us. And institutions and customs are not immune to God’s word any more than are our personal foolishness and rebellion. But we seem not to question any of them in church, even when it is something that may threaten to desensitize us to things that stand counter to God’s way. Why is this?