Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"...Everyone knows that..."

Everyone has thought this. I most often think this in Sunday School or when in deep discussion with friends. When someone expresses an opinion about Christianity that I don't agree with, sometimes I'll keep quite. I won't offer my opinion unless they believe a totally unintelligent ideal. Usually, my excuse is "Why say what I believe? Everyone knows that viewpoint..." That thought is such a trap! When a belief is expressed by a friend and I don't agree with it, I think of my belief but don't share it. I think, "If they believe that way, they surely have considered the other options and chosen the one that makes most sense to them. Disagreeing would just make me look foolish." This type of thinking is simply not good. When I think that thought, it keeps me from speaking up and saying what I believe.

Many people don't grow up in church. Many people don't read the Bible. Since many people don't spend a lot of time with strong believers or in God's Word, they wouldn't know many Biblical or godly beliefs or foundations. Without that knowledge, they will believe something else. If nobody tells them something different, how can they ever know? Don't be afraid to share your beliefs. Without you expressing your beliefs, that belief may never be voiced.

Recently, a fellow blogger wrote about her interpretation of a verse. She thought it meant one thing; I always thought it meant another. I suggested my thought and she quickly and readily agreed with me, saying my interpretation made more sense. Voice your beliefs. Don't shrug it off. What if your belief changes a life? Speak up!

12 comments:

Ashley said...

Good encouragement. I too, am totally guilty of this. Hey, I want to clarify though...was that bad? *nervous laugh*

Kyle Cheng said...

Just read the part of your profile that says "Works at Chick-Fil-A". Just curious, how many employees are actually Christians? =)

Jennifer said...

I agree. But it is also good to be aware of the proper times to voice beliefs, and the right way to voice beliefs. I've been caught in circles, arguing back and forth with someone who disagreed with me. That obviously just makes each person more firm in their own opinions, and it doesn't help to spread the love of Christ, either. There's a time and a place for debate. But, definitely, I think we have become too silent in our Christian beliefs.

LoVizzle said...

Ashley, I don't quite understand your question, but if you mean "is it bad to not share your beliefs?", I'd say "Yeah, it is."

Actually, Kyle, I don't start until the 28th. That's why it was just put on my profile. So I have no clue how many employees are really Christians. :)

And yes, Jennifer, I agree that many Christians are too timid to share their beliefs. But my post wasn't about picking the right time or place. It was about just simply speaking up and voicing your beliefs because if you don't use your voice, no one will.

Ashley said...

Okay, sorry. I didn't clarify! I want to make sure that your not saying it was bad that I (I'm assuming it was me) agreed with your interpretation over my own. :D That's cool that you are going to be working at Chick-Fil-A!! The one in H'ville? I'll have to stop by!

LoVizzle said...

It was you, and it was good you agreed lol! I may or may not be right on that verse, though. The context is focused on her, not him. But yeah, the H'ville one! I'm sooo pumped to start work there!

Ashley said...

Good! Ah, we may never know if you were right or not, but it did make more since. Coolio, I gotta start applying some places really soon...I don't know where. Maybe Cracker Barrel. Lol!

LoVizzle said...

Yeah, it can be confusing lol. You should definately get a job, Ms. Newly-Junior! lol

Ashley said...

I know! It's exciting..just where and making time around school is the problem. :/

LoVizzle said...

I agree. I don't have much school this year and basketball is over a few days before I start, so I'll have the time. I'm so excited!

Ashley said...

Hey...you must be busy because you haven't posted in a while. Ah, that's fine, but I miss your posts. ;) I got a question. Can I get your email address? I'm sending out invites for something UCA is doing (and I invite everyone :D). Lemme know if you can do that. I understand not wanting to post it online, so if you want to PM it to me...that's fine. We're friends - so, I'm pretty sure you can do that.

Sunny Smith said...

Good post! I totally agree with Jennifer, that there is a certain time to discuss and time to just listen:)

Came across this on the Rebelution....