In the world of construction, the plumb line is used as a means to ensure that the construction worker hits the right spot and stays on target.
We use this same concept in relationship to society -- in short, what is embraced by social norms and what isn't.
The basis for a plumb line goes back over 2,000 years, even to the building of the Pyramids. The concept of having a plumb line as a societal measure of what's right and wrong has been around for just as long.
We've heard it said that the Bible is a measure, or plumb line, of making sure that what we are doing is right or wrong. Far too often we chide others for not 'measuring up' against the plumb line -- as they get 'off target'.
Any practice of faith, or of common social norms, usually has a set structure of rules to follow -- what's allowed, what's not allowed. Simply put, these daily practices have their own plumb line to follow.
Some plumb lines don't always run true; where they pointed to was slightly off. In the construction world, even being slightly off means that an entire building would be off, and rework would have to be done.
The question at times is determining which plumb line runs true -- which plumb line has a proven track record of truth. I pray that you find the true plumb line.
What's interesting about the plumb line is that we are the one's holding it. We have the choice of how we hold it, steady and true, or waving it around half hazardly.
I'm often reminding of the scripture that says, "everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial."
So I ask, "what plumb line do you use? and is it something that is truly constructive in your life?"What plumb line are you using? What plumb line should you be using? How do you know the difference?