Dare 2B Daring – August 16, 2018
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“When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read, ‘I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn’t like.’ I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.” – Will Rogers
I am one of the most opinionated people you will ever meet. I guess I get that trait from my father, who inherited it from his mother. You never had to guess where my dad stood on an issue or what he thought about a particular subject. And my grandmother was even more blunt. She would tell you if she liked – or in most cases, didn’t like – your hair, your clothes, who you were dating or what you were cooking… the list goes on.
The older I get, the more I appreciate people who are open and transparent. I guess that’s why I preferred politics in New Jersey to running for office in Florida. In New Jersey, people who didn’t like you or your policies would tell you that straight to your face… and in no uncertain terms, too. Here in the south, politicians are far more polite. Some of them will slap you on the back while simultaneously inserting a knife in that same general region.
Speaking of politics, one of the things that bothers me the most is the way people on both sides of the aisle talk to – and about – each other. Instead of listening to opposing viewpoints and then agreeing to disagree, they all too often demonize anyone who doesn’t see eye to eye with them. That kind of rude and intolerant behavior must stop, and it must be replaced with honest political dialogue. Only then, will we be able to fulfill our national motto: E Pluribus Unum, which is Latin for “out of many, one.”
The same goes for the body of Christ. We all have our own preferences when it comes to music, worship style, etc. But unless someone is doing something that clearly violates scripture, we should make every effort to peacefully co-exist. I will fight and die over cardinal doctrine such as biblical inerrancy and the virgin birth, but not over Rock of Ages versus Christian rock.
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” I Corinthians 12:12 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President