I am trying to draw a parallel between psychology and religion. In psychology, the concept of an “enabler” exists in one type of dysfunctional relationship. Look here and use the negative context described at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enabler for a definition.
For instance, in alcoholism the enabler may be the closest person to the alcoholic, enabling the alcoholic to justify their behavior and drink even more. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon have these relationships all worked out. (No – I am not an alcoholic, though I will drink on occasion. This is just an example.)
What would be the corresponding role in religion do you suppose? I mean, someone who might not otherwise be religiously devout is enabled to be so by another’s involvement. :hmmm: