When I worked in college ministry, one of the most stressful issues that I had to deal with (with students) was the issue of drinking alcohol. The policy for our student leadership on this issue changed each year- at one point, we asked all student leaders to abstain. At another point, we said it was fine, as long as they were 20 miles outside of Columbia and didn’t put it on facebook. And I think there was also awhile when we said it was okay, just to use wise judgment when doing it. Each policy brought it’s own issues of conflict and discussion.
So when I saw that NavPress had the book, Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life, I was curious to see what author Brent Crowe had to say about how to deal with this gray area. What I liked about this book was how Crowe used the first half of the book discussing what freedom in Christ is and what it is not. After establishing this base, he turns to 5 issues: homosexuality, the cyber world, social drinking, entertainment and humanitarian issues, and walks the reader through some helpful questions when approaching these issues. Crowe does come to some conclusions on these topics, but he is clear to point out that some of his conclusions are not the “right” conclusions. Right for him, but maybe not right for someone else. The role of the Spirit, circumstances, and whether one is a “strong” or “weak” believer in certain areas affects some of the conclusions (but not all of them). I think this is a must read for people who are working with college students and are having trouble communicating how freedom is not license to just do whatever one wants. It’s some good stuff. This is a book that offers a very biblically sound and wise teaching on freedom, responsibility, and discernment.
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