I have been told several times in one form or another, “You just always think you’re right!”
Well… yeah, of course I do and you’re welcome. You should actually thank me for that. That is a good thing and not something to be mocked and scorned. Why on earth would I ever come to a conclusion that I think is wrong? If I tried to sell you an idea or concept I thought was wrong, wouldn’t that make me a liar?
Do you give me your opinions that you know to be false?
If I have any opinion, by definition, I have come to the conclusion it is correct. Otherwise I wouldn’t have that as my opinion. You can trust that I’m being honest with you at all times. For that you should be appreciative. Too many times we let emotions and “feelings” rule us.
So, again I ask, “Do you espouse ideas and opinions you don’t believe are true?” If so, then how could I ever trust anything you say? In other words… are you admitting to being a liar?
Now I’m not saying that I can’t be wrong. I have been wrong before and I will be wrong again (I’ll give an example in a little bit). However, you should applaud the fact that I actually believe what I say, not ridicule it. As Jesus Christ once said, “let your yes be yes and your no be no.” In other words, speak the truth and speak it plainly.
Too many times these days, timidity and doubt masquerade as being humble or thoughtful
Too many times these days, timidity and doubt masquerade as being humble or thoughtful. Boldness is shunned as too brash. Weakness is paraded as strength. Indecisiveness, we are told, is thoughtful. Confidence is now arrogance. You are not allowed to actually believe what you believe if you truly believe it; that’s too prideful.
The “thought police” won’t permit you to be certain of anything. The only certainty allowed these days is that notion that nothing is ever certain. Truth is what each person wants it to be and everyone’s truth is equally true. The visual here is Bill and Ted on another excellent adventure talking philosophy in that stoner voice and held up as the standard for all discourse.
This concept is not only absurd but it’s a very easy and convenient way to shut people up and stifle dialogue on many subjects. We are told there is no absolute truth other than the fact that there is absolutely no way you can know anything for sure. Talk about stupidity. That is true arrogance. That is building a straw man for any debate that could arise. And we call that… progress?
This new-age (progressive) thought process that’s flooding America these days – through academia, corporate culture and politics – seems so appealing on the surface. The phrase, “don’t judge, just love” (or some slight variation of that thought) is pushed everywhere today in American society. You get to decide everything for yourself. You, essentially, get to be your own god. Some explicitly say this, while others only merely imply it. This idea is not new! In fact, it started right in the first book of the bible. The serpent used this same idea to con Eve. By the way, Adam is not off the hook. He stood right beside her and let it happen. (Genesis 3:1-6) It was Adams job to protect Eve. He should have spoken up or smashed the serpent’s head with a large rock but He was too timid.
Remember these ideas of new age “love” and non-judgment always give the exact opposite results than those they claim to seek. Just like the serpent’s claim in the garden which brought bondage, not freedom. It will, every single time, produce more of the problem it sets out to solve.
For example look at racism or race relations in America. Would you say they have gotten worse or better over the last six years? The solution proposed is to favor one race with affirmative action or diversity policies in school admissions or job hiring. This, of course, is all simply to promote diversity. That’s what they tell us. It’s held up as a virtue to give favor to a specific skin tone. After all we have to do to make up for the many wrongs from the past. It doesn’t matter that Dr. King said, “I have a dream… they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Today, thanks to the media and politicians, everything is viewed through this prism of race. The list includes Travon Martin, Ferguson riots, and more. These are not simply crimes they are worse. Killing someone is murder. Killing someone because of their color is murder and a hate crime. I contend if you murder anyone you hated that person. Does it matter why you hated them? Let justice be blind. Even the idea of requiring an ID to vote has become racist. Never mind that you need a photo ID to fly in an airplane, drive a car, enter many federal buildings, and much more. Requiring a photo ID to verify you are who you say you are, when you vote, is all racism? It’s almost unbelievable when you think about it.
Have any of these ideas brought us, as a nation, closer together or divided us more?
Another issue is poverty. The solution that we’re told will solve this is to give the poor more subsidies in the form of welfare, food stamps, health care and more; this, in turn, creates more dependence and more poor. We hear this echo every election season in political ads from many self-described “progressive” politicians from President Obama to Nancy Pelosi. You’ll hear heart-breaking stories of a single mom, laid off steel worker, and many more.
Offering benefits like welfare and food stamps, as a safety net, with a time limit is noble and on that you have my support. It’s when we never insist on personal responsibility, and severely punishing those that abuse the system, that you lose me. Too many of these people never develop self-reliance, self-esteem, self-worth or independence. They get comfortable because there is no accountability or time put in place for them to lose the benefits. They tend to become a voting block that keeps voting out of fear that someone will take away their free benefits. Which is why this fear is fed every election season in all the political ads. This makes me suspect that simply creating a permanent voting block is the true goal of most progressive politicians. Look at a few places they’ve had extended control like Chicago and California. These places have a permanent voting block but also the deficits, crime, gun violence and taxes are all through the roof. Nothing has been solved, even with total control.
I once worked with a man who was a good worker. We were both laid off and had to use these benefits (welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.) for a short time. I tried to find work right away. He, on the other hand, wanted to enjoy a few months off while receiving unemployment checks and more. Then he learned about more benefits (WIC, help paying utilities, an Obama phone and more). He found that all the benefits together added up to more than he was making when he was working. He always had a new excuse to not get a job. He would justify himself saying, “Well, now my wife is pregnant and we need the Medicaid card. I’ll get a job after we have the baby” This has been going on for years now and he’s been confronted several times with no success. Our system created a monster because it was so easy to abuse. We need to remove the safety net and let people like this hit rock bottom.
Are you under the false assumption that these politicians are actually trying to fix these social problems? Your naivety makes you an easy target just like Eve. Are you the one watching this all happen but not saying a word? You’re timidity makes you liable just like Adam. You’re watching the enemy destroy those you’re charged to protect!
Another thing I’ve been told many times is, “You have an answer for everything.”
First of all, this is definitely not true. But if you are talking about subjects I have extensively studied, then of course I have an answer. Some of these subjects I will probably have an answer for include: Faith, Jesus Christ, sin, forgiveness, taxes, evolution, the constitution, and race relations.
How stupid (and sad) would it be to study these subjects and learn nothing? To search for answers but never find any? To never reach a conclusion?
Now let me tell you about a time I realized I was wrong. I mean, it’s happened many times but let me tell you about a specific time…
When I was younger, my father and others told me you shouldn’t mix races. The proclaimed that interracial dating/marriage was wrong. They had many racist tendencies, but for this one they used scripture. They would always quote part of 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked”. They proclaimed it with authority and drilled this into me. I thought they were right so I held this position. Then one day I decided to read the whole verse for myself. The verse continues with, “with unbelievers”. This verse was talking about a person’s faith, not their color; the verse is saying you shouldn’t date or marry non-Christians.
I couldn’t care less about the color of a person’s skin that my son or daughter may marry.
Now that I understand the truth in this verse, I couldn’t care less about the color of a person’s skin that my son or daughter may marry. The only thing I care about is their character and their relationship with Jesus Christ. I want them to be the type of person that will compliment and help my children grow in their faith. I also pray they have a great sense of humor. They might be miserable in my family if not. But the shade of the melanin in their skin? That means nothing to me.
Please don’t do the same thing I’m warning you about right now and just believe me. I could be a charlatan. I could be lying to you. I could be misleading you right now. Go read the whole verse for yourself right now. Read the verses before and after it. I should also note that you should never trust yourself either. Just because you “feel” something doesn’t mean it’s true. Seek out truth. We don’t each get our own individual truth. There is one truth.
I was fooled because I was naive enough to just trust what I was told without ever looking it up for myself. Context is everything. People will try to fool you by quoting one verse or “part” of a verse. You owe it to yourself to read the whole chapter and make sure they use the proper context. You should always test everything anyone says against the scriptures for yourself. It doesn’t matter how famous or nice a person seems.
Furthermore, as a follower of Jesus Christ I am commanded in 1 Peter 3:15 to have an answer for the hope that is in me. “5 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
Now if I have an answer for things in which I’m totally ignorant, that would prove I’m a total narcissist. Some subjects I’m clueless about include: the best material on the haul of the space shuttle for easy re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, the perfect pronunciation for the word “elephant” in Mandarin, or the air-speed velocity of an African or European unladen swallow.
On these, and countless more, subjects I’m 100% clueless and therefore would not have an answer if you asked.
So do I really always think I’m right?
Yes, and you’re welcome!
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