How Does One 'Disagree with Common Knowledge' Effectively?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 28, 2013 11:22am CST
When I hear someone make a public-statement based on something false, and I DON'T get mad; it looks like I'm agreeing with the stupid statement! Yet--when I DO get mad--it does about as much good as Adam Lanza's little outburst (the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary) did for HIS problems. I try to 'hold in' my disagreement, but I worry about the young minds that 'follow the false speaker' like 'lambs follow the good shepherd right into the slaughterhouse.' To save them from that danger, I feel it is my responsibility to voice my disagreement; but ... I seem to remember Lord Jesus being two ways about this: on the one hand, He was 'not here to destroy, but to fulfill the law & the prophets'; on the other hand, He came bringing 'not the olive-branch, but the sword (to cut father off of son, mother off of daughter, mother-in-law off of daughter-in-law).' But His method was almost always 'gentleness.' Even His little eruptions against the Pharisees & other hypocrites were 'not as explosive as He could've made them.' A couple "His & Hernandez"-songs (or "Agapeland"-songs) about 'Gentleness' pop into my head---one says "Lord, let me fill my life with your Gentleness"; another one lists many of the ways gentleness can be described ("Gentleness is patient, gentleness is kind; Gentleness is caring and loving all the time") and finishes with "Gentleness is Jesus, and I'm his little lamb." So no "confrontation of the Enemy" (even when He came up against the Enemy, Jesus' strategy was more 'eluding' than 'battling'), but probably 'just-as-loudly offering a better path' would be the best way to turn people into (not atheists, obviously; but) anti-religion-ites.
29 Jan 13
Everything we encounter in life has potential for us to be angry. What more could hear our neighbors talking that we can not accept. However, we must learn from the Lord Jesus in dealing with everything that could hurt us. Jesus response to everything with the right attitude. And one of the attitudes that we should look up to the Lord Jesus is his gentleness. Soft does not mean weak, helpless, and has no power. But the softness is the right heart attitude towards everything and respond appropriately. So, learn from Lord Jesus to become the person gently.
• United States
29 Jan 13
I usually try to keep my thoughts to myself depending on the issue. It's the safest way to get along with people. Everyone has the right to think and feel the way they want to and should. I mainly stay away from religion and politics because you just can't change the way people think.
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
29 Jan 13
But if you let the false noise keep on repeating-&-repeating-&-repeating with no argument given, your subconscious mind will believe it (even though you consciously know it's wrong). It's the hypnosis-strategy the KGB used with propaganda. 'Search' on it!