I remember speaking with this brother in Christ down in Devon some years ago. He started revving up to tell me of some great error that had come into the church. I was, of course, wondering what it was going to be. I was somewhat taken aback when he said it was the issue of artificial flowers rather than authentic foliage being used in the church building.
Now I can understand someone having a preference for real flowers, but to make it such a major issue in church life seemed somewhat inappropriate. Yes we do glory in the God who wonderfully creates beautiful flowers. However, I don’t think we can establish a biblical anathema upon having artificial flowers in our church building.
This all leads me to ponder upon how careful we need to be as regards to making our preferences into issues which are of immense gravity. Indeed we are all in danger of too easily persuading ourselves that we have binding principles to substantiate our preferences. Let us be continually on our guard as regards to these matters.
On the other hand in our attitude towards those who do have scruples about what we consider to be trivial issues we need to be careful to exercise a Romans 14 ministry. As Paul says in Romans 15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.