Thanks for the good comments on the Bipolar Legalism post from last week. The “best practices” discussion that ensued will be something I plan to post on this week as there are errors on both ends of that spectrum. You guys highlighted a couple of them and they deserve comment.
In considering the “best practices” argument from a positive perspective, consider this AP story and the following quote from Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League as it relates to “best” practices for “corporate” entities such as the NFL.
NFL clubs may no longer serve alcohol at team functions or on buses or flights, extending a ban that until now applied only in locker rooms. “I believe that no constructive purpose is served by clubs continuing to make alcoholic beverages available, and that doing so imposes significant and unnecessary risks to the league, its players and others,” Goodell wrote to all 32 teams in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Notice his concern is not for the individual “liberty” or in the world’s terms “rights” of the players to do what they want to as grown men, even though such rights are theirs. Goodell makes no moral judgment towards alcohol, as to whether it is lawful or not, but his judgment is that it is not “constructive” (or in Biblical language “profitable” (I Cor 6:12 NAS)) in that setting for players, the league, and the general public. It poses “unnecessary risks to the league, its players and others.” That is a “best practices” argument.
And notice in the story that the players union (those affected by the policy) agreed this was best for everyone as well. They are willingly ready to lay aside their “rights” as grown men for the betterment of the league itself and it’s reputation among pro sports; for the sake of the reputation and the safety of the players that make up the league, and for the safety of those whom they might potentially hurt should an accident take place as a result.
Now if the world understands the pragmatic wisdom of corporate restrictions as a policies that promote the “best” for its players and that are more “constructive” behaviors, why then does the Church at times, have such a problem seeing the Spiritual Wisdom of such corporate policies as the “best” way to honor God, making much of His Glory?
As Christians, we are to have a profound love for God, His glory, and His Body; our neighbor. That is the detail of the first two commandments and on which the whole of the law and prophets (Christian life) hang (Matt 22:40). If the NFL gets it, surely we of all people should understand that corporately, there are such things as corporate “best practices” that best show our love for God, love for His Glory and love for His Body, even when it would be perfectly lawful and “right” to individually choose another course of action.