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From the August 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Joy Cusack–staff

“Rules are made to be broken,” goes an old saying. And certainly there’s freedom in realizing that some rules—ones based on superstition, dogma, outmoded customs, or misinformation—aren’t binding because they don’t have real authority behind them. Breaking such a rule can be a step of progress. 

But what about rules that are made to be followed—ones that are rooted in genuine authority? For these rules, freedom and progress can be found only in obedience. Based on divine authority, the By-Laws of the Manual of The Mother Church are examples of such legitimate rules. Continuing our series on By-Laws governing members of The Mother Church, this month we consider Article VIII, Section 6, “Alertness to Duty.”