‘You didn’t tell me they weren’t supposed to play on the roof’

… the absence of detailed prohibitory guidelines does not invalidate positive guidelines when it comes to baby-sitting!

Several years ago, I read a story* about parents who returned home after an evening out to find their chidren playing on the roof. When challenged, the baby-sitter defended herself with the words of the title of this brief blog:

‘You didn’t tell me that they weren’t supposed to play on the roof.’

Well, no. Most parents don’t allow their children to play on the roof after their bedtime, or at any other time, for that matter. Surely it’s just common sense, one of those things that ‘goes without saying’?

What really mattered were the clear guidelines given to the baby-sitter by the parents about the time the children normally went to bed, where their jim-jams were, cleaning their teeth, a bed-time story…and so on.

There are also some prohibitions absent from the scriptures, maybe for the same reason – because, given normal accepted practice at the time, some things ‘went without saying’?

That’s a big question, I know, and debates about the scriptures are ongoing and I won’t comment specifically on them here.                                                                                                             However I do believe that the absence of detailed prohibitory guidelines does not invalidate clear, positive guidelines when it comes to scripture, too.

* I can’t remember where I read this, but if anyone recognises it and can point me to the source, I would appreciate it!

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