Dear 100 Hour Board,
Why do some people act as if the Church is an a revolving door? Allow me to clarify. I know someone in my Stake who a few years ago came back after being a very bitter anti Mormon. If her recent FB post is to be understood as something she did recently it appears she left again. I get the "70 x 7" thing but just wondering at what point the process becomes not quite so easy (please understand I am not implying it is easy to come back -I realize it isn't) I guess what I am trying to say is at what points are people told they need to make a decision - that making and keeping covenants is serious business and that the Church is not a streetcar you can just get on and off?
-Anonymous for a reason
Not only is it not easy to come back, it's not easy to leave.
I think deep down you know that, because you realize that "making and keeping covenants is serious business." But you should be more sympathetic to the fact that being religious is difficult, and keeping the commandments doesn't always make for earthly joy the way it's supposed to bring heavenly joy.
You're also wrong, because the Church is a revolving door. It will always be there to welcome you back, no matter how many times you leave, and that is far more beautiful than you seem to understand.
I'm sorry if this comes across as rude, but his or her beliefs really aren't any of your business.
Perhaps this was unintentional, but your question does come off as judgmental. When it comes down to it, repentance literally wipes the slate clean for Christ; He is willing to forgive us as many times as we return. And that repentance process is a very personal thing between an individual and Christ--we have no place in passing judgement on others.
That said, I think I can understand your underlying sentiments. It hurts to see people seem to treat carelessly things you hold sacred. And if you were talking about being in a relationship with someone who kept on dumping you then coming back, I would advise you to stay away from that person. However, we are not talking about human relationships, we are talking about relationships with God. God doesn't have to shy away from unhealthy relationships, and He is willing to stick around for as along as we have the faintest desire to go to Him.
So, the bottom line is for you to honor the covenants you have made, but be careful not to judge the people who have willfully left those covenants behind.
This may be an oversimplification but it has merit: you're essentially asking where the boundary of the Atonement is. It doesn't exist. That's the point. I've always stayed in the church so my numbers are perfect, right? But I am made entirely of flaws and inconsistencies. How many of those are permissible? I can't answer your question. Because if I try drawing lines, God will hold me to them and I'll end up excluding myself.