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Topic: Question (05/24/12)
TITLE: DON'T BE AFRAID TO ROCK THE BOAT
By James Dick
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When I was young I had questions about everything. I know that I drove my parents crazy with my incessant ďWhy?Ē questions. And even as a teenager and college student, I always challenged statements by teachers and professors. I am sure that my inquisitive nature kept me on the ďhot seatĒ many times.
I have always thought that curiosity was important when searching for the right answer and for truth. Excellence requires no less. Who wants to just be average?
A person should never be afraid to check and recheck things read or heard. It is why we have a brain in the first place.
Today, however, with political correctness running rampant, it seems that we no longer search for the truth. Instead our primary concern is with making sure that we donít hurt feelings or upset the progressive bandwagon.
No matter how heinous the crime, how different the test scores, or how varied the experience, we must make sure that the proper balance based upon what is politically correct is maintained at all costs.
The result has been a mediocre society, with many unqualified people holding positions they canít handle, with crimes more heinous than before, and with kids graduating from school who are functionally illiterate.
When people become complacent and lack the mental curiosity to challenge what they see and know to be wrong, bad things happen. Over time, they may even lose their ability to think for themselves due to fear of being seen as radical or out-of-the-mainstream.
After all, who would have ever thought fifteen years ago that what you were thinking could be considered just as incriminating as what you did? Certainly evil thoughts are not good but can you honestly say to yourself that the thought is a crime in and of itself?
It is in many of todayís federal statutes.
Actually, thought is merely a part of the process of questioning things. And God is the one who gave you this ability. How else can you explain free will?
Free will is a gift from God. You are able to question His word and judge for yourself the proper course. Through rational questioning and thought you will eventually reach the right answer. But you have to reach your own conclusion; no one else can do it for you.
And that is the real beauty of free will. You have a choice to make and if you make the right one, the joy in your heart will provide you with the strength to be righteous and follow Him always. And even if you make the wrong choice, Jesus always keeps the door open for you to change your mind. After all, Jesus would likely be considered a radical today.
So donít be afraid to rock the boat. Remember Jesus asked questions in the temple and the disciples always questioned their beliefs while searching for answers. The process of questioning and searching for the answer, the truth, will set you free. Donít ever give that freedom up to anyone.
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