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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

By James Dick


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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C D Swanson 05/31/12
I enjoyed this profound commentary and well written entry. You managed to touch on all aspects on importance. Thank You.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/01/12
This is a powerful piece. I think it was quite clever how how came full circle.

There are only a couple of little things I might suggest. first, double space between the paragraphs to give the reader that all important white space. Next in such a short piece be careful of repeating words like heinous. It's a wonderful word so it stood out when you repeated it a bit later.

I can so relate to the question who wants to be just average? i find myself thinking silly things like I'd rather be ugly than just average. How did this thirst for being better than everyone start? Average means you are like most people but yet we strive to be above most people. Very interesting and ironic. Then you got the the politically correct part and I felt like shouting Amen! You did a wonderful job with this bit of writing.
Helen Curtis06/02/12
AMEN! I really enjoyed reading this. You have totally nailed it on the head, society- especially the media and politicians - are so concerned about not offending others that common sense has gone out the window! I find it interesting, though, that almost every group, person, way-of-life, etc, is protected from everything EXCEPT for Christians!! Apparently we are still fair game when it comes to derogatory comments and the like - but that's another story, and I shall now jump down from my soap box :-)

My bit of 'red ink' is some advice that was given to me a while ago. As much as possible, when writing about personal lessons that affect both the reader and me, the author, we should try and write inclusively. It helps to connect the readers with me, to present an open-handed suggestion instead of a finger-pointing judgement, if that makes sense.

I'll try and demonstrate what I'm saying with the following paragraph:

"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."

Now, read it using inclusive language:

"Free will is a gift from God. We are able to question His word and judge for ourselves the proper course. Through rational questioning and thought we will eventually reach the right answer. But we have to reach our own conclusions; no one else can do it for us."

The second example should give the feeling of unity, that we are all in this together. I hope I've made sense; and I hope if I'm completely off the mark that someone else will jump in and rebut me!

Again, I loved this; definitely a favourite of mine this week. Keep being brave and standing up for God! Blessings, Helen
Jeanette Oestermyer06/05/12
This is quite an interesting article. That is what I like to write when an idea comes up. I also wrote an article which I hope a lot of people will read.

And, yes, please double space between paragraphs, which makes it much easier to read.

God Bless