+Christ is risen!
So, this is between meditation and venting, so bear with me. I invite you all to comment and discuss below.
It did not bother me until recently, the double standard of society. We know that we live in a society that says, “Believe what you want, it’s cool, it’s your personal conviction. To each his own, dude.”
If you have a Muslim friend talking about Islam, it’s cool. Your Buddhist buddy blares on about Buddha…well, it’s fascinating and accepted. Someone else is into Wicca, that’s even cooler, but if you’re a Christian, you’re a bigot, close-minded, and opinionated, so best to keep that aspect of your life strictly to yourself and not share it with others.
But are they really being open-minded? or are they actually asking you to please not say something that’s different than what they think because it makes them uncomfortable? In other words, they’re very opinionated about their own version of life that they are uncomfortable and unable to accept that you have a different understanding of life. They want you to tolerate everything but they cannot tolerate your views.
So, we all know that stuff, we notice it, it sucks. But the question to ask ourselves is, do we care about the Truth? If I care about the Truth, it may have uncomfortable consequences. The Truth does create division sometimes, because there are situations that have a clear right and wrong. To pretend that we are all saying the same thing (what the culture would love for us to believe) is, well, a lie. But If I believe something is true, there are consequences.
When Abraam discerned and heard the voice of God and knew that it was truly His voice, the consequence was estrangement, long journeys and wanderings — yes, blessings, too — but, lots of difficulty, because not everyone around him believed what he did. If everyone believed in the same God as him, it would have been infinitely easier.
So one must ask oneself, “Do I believe that Christianity is true?” I mean, really ask yourself that question. Because if I do, there are consequences. If I do not believe, there really is no point to behaving in a certain way.
If your answer is “no”, then you need to ask yourself, “why not?” You need to confront the reality of Jesus Christ and find out if He is God, and answer the question that He asked the disciples, “Who do YOU say that I am?”
Because when that question is answered, then like the twelve, no so-called open minded friends can stop you from living in that reality, just like the Twelve Apostles, twelve nobodies, changed the world because they knew that Christ was more than opinion. He is real. He is risen.
What say ye?