As we’ve seen throughout this book, the new creation thrives in an environment of freedom and love and depends on transformation coming from within, not conformity imposed from without.
I have seen lots of forced conformity in many IC's, and I even saw forced conformity used in some IC's that taught against it. It was sad to see that kind of hypocrisy.
Don’t force it on those who don’t want it, however.
This is something that I found in my own journey... If people don't want this sort of thing, it will quickly become obvious... and any more discussion of it with them will only create arguments, and bad feelings between people. I have found that I have been better off dropping the subject and simply trying to be a friendly person.
If you can’t find his church among the congregations you know, then maybe it is time to look beyond it and discover that there are so many ways to be part of his church.
Unfortunately I have found this in my area... I don't feel comfortable or like I fit in at any of the IC's in my area, whether they be traditional or contemporary.
However, I'm learning to be a little more open and friendly to people around me... It has been a long journey, and I'm still learning.
Bailey, NC (USA)