Thinning Carrots and Splitting Theological Hairs
Today, I spent a good bit of time thinning our carrots in the garden. You must do that because carrots need space to fully develop. You simply must get rid of anything, like weeds, that might distort them and stunt their growth, otherwise, you will end up with spindly little orange nothings that are useless, will feed no one, and are of no real value.
In other words, to grow them, you must be brutal in thinning out anything which would prevent growth of others, and the spacing needs to be rather precise. At the very least, you need to have as few of weeds as possible, in addition to the preferred spacing of each plant.
It’s meticulous gardening, but it has great rewards – if you want carrots anyway, and I do. Thinning carrots must be done very specifically to preserve the longevity of your crop.
Same in Christianity and theological doctrine. It’s important to weed out all that is unnecessary, and all that prevents growth.
This is not an isolated principle, of course. Think of woodworking, which I love, but rarely get to enjoy as much as I would. If you were building a piece of furniture from scratch, using quality wood, you would not desire to waste one shaving of it. You would take great care to waste nothing and use the specifications in measurement required to ensure that you end up with the piece of furniture that you wanted to build, right?
Splitting hairs in theology is very important. More so, it is a good thing, and the results are eternal.
By being precise in theological doctrine, like in growing carrots or in woodworking, the end result is always a better thing, profitable towards growth and resulting in a finer product, than if one allowed the unnecessary or inexact.