Yesterday, a new policy for our ward was announced. Let’s call it policy X. It was made clear that X came from the stake president, directly from training by a member of the seventy. I think X is a bad idea.
I’m not telling you what X is (and if Ivan Wolfe or any other Austinite knows, they need to keep it to themselves). I am not interested in debating the merits of X. I want to talk about how I should approach this issue.
–Do not support X, since I can give you a half dozen reasons why it is a bad policy and will have a detrimental impact on the ward.
–Do support X, because our file leaders support it, despite my own thoughts.
The struggle between obedience and reason is an age-old one. Would I have been one of the
gourds (oops, sorry, too many VeggieTales around here) Hebrews telling Joshua what a foolish notion it was to march around the city walls and blow horns? Would I have been Peter crinkling my nose at Mary’s foolish, illogical tale of a moved stone? Maybe much, much good will come of this policy, things I can’t even imagine. Have a little faith, Sister Smith.
On the other hand, I believe our leaders are fallible. Perhaps this policy really isn’t a good idea, isn’t inspired, and won’t ‘all work out in the end.’ If that’s the case, should I follow it? Does God want us to act contrary to our reason? If “the thought makes reason stare,” should we pursue it?