This is a conversation my dad had with me when I was growing up. What is truly a conviction and what is a preference? Dad had a brochure (which we’ve lost) but I found this definition online:
According to the U.S. Supreme Court a preference is a very strong belief, held with great strength, but a belief that you will change under the right circumstances. Circumstances such as: 1) peer pressure; if your beliefs are such that other people stand with you before you will stand, your beliefs are preferences, not convictions, 2) family pressure, 3) lawsuits, 4) jail, 5) threat of death; would you die for your beliefs? A conviction is a belief that you will not change. Why? A man believes that his God requires it of him. To violate a conviction would be a sin. http://bible.org/illustration/conviction-versus-preference
When we think seriously about this difference much of what we do is truly a preference. If we keep this in mind we will be less likely to make issues between our brothers and sisters, less likely to make mountains out of molehills. We should have some convictions though – and the first and foremost is to be that Jesus Christ is Lord. (cf. Daniel 1-3)
Has this post prompted you to talk to your kids about something true, something strong on your heart? Do it today! I’d love to hear of the conversations you are having with your kids. Please leave a comment.
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