We’ve all run into people we don’t agree with. And of course you’re right and they’re wrong. I mean, it’s so obvious. So, how do you deal with it? Do you keep your mouth shut or take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their horizons?
We’re all on our own journey. The scenery from one person to the next is so different, there’s no ground for comparison. Experiences mixed with genetic and environmental disposition are too unique.
We’re not aware of how off we are until life teaches us otherwise. Scripture tries to help us out and keep us from making fools of ourselves. I’m referring to the numerous scriptures that tell us to either keep our mouth shut or at least speak from a place that considers the fact that we’re mostly wrong.
We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. -1 Corinthians 13:9
The Bible isn’t talking about everybody else. It’s talking about everybody. I’m sure you’re a wild streak of awesome, but you’re not an exception. So, as sure as you think you are, you’re still mostly wrong. As self-congratulatory as I can feel about my own thoughts, scriptures like that make me think a few extra times before I speak them. Most of the time, it’s better to keep quiet.
Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart. -Proverbs 17:28
So, you may be worried about when you should speak up. My answer to that is to think about times when you were overwhelmed with patience and compassion for someone and knew exactly what to say and how to say it. Now compare that to the times when you felt it was your ‘Christian duty’ (ugh) to speak up in a situation. Hopefully you’ve never thought of something as your ‘Christian duty’, Aunty Em. And hopefully your own thought process is telling you things better than I can.
So, here’s the plan:
Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently. -Romans 14:1
Sit down if you can.