We have noted that our community is growing, and an economy is growing with it. This means we have to learn how—as a group—to interact with one another in the mind of Christ. Sometimes we think, rather glibly, that the only way we can wrong others is to do so deliberately—to decide to cheat, or mislead, or misrepresent. And since we are not burglars or perjurers, we think all is good. But in a community of saints like ours, one of the verbs we need to focus on in the years to come is the verb to flake.
Who may dwell in the Lord’s tabernacle? Among other things, the man who swears to his own hurt and does not change (Ps. 15:4). Who may approach the Holy One of Israel? The man who has a clean heart, and who does not flake.
The world’s catechism says that when circumstances change, you are not bound by your oaths and commitments. The doctrine of Christ says that the reason we make oaths and commitments is because we know that circumstances change, and we are promising to be bound whether they change or not.
The world wants to tell you that the reply that was then, this is now is a sufficient answer to those who express concern about the flaking. You wouldn’t have signed the work agreement, you wouldn’t have taken the investment money, you wouldn’t have accepted the contract, and you wouldn’t have committed to the lease, if you had known that people would expect you to be held by it.
Flaking cannot be sanctified by a wave of the hand and a throwaway phrase about how it is all “between brothers.” Yes, it is. That’s what makes it worse. We are to do right by all men, we are to do good to everyone—especially those who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:10).