i had a quick thought today that in today’s culture…we are missing boldness. we are missing the boldness to say what we are truly feeling, thinking or believing. i think it is due in part to the “fear of punishment of being wrong”. i think in today’s culture, we expect everyone to have a belief and thought system that is as flawless as Jesus Himself. while this may save us from a lot of error…it also keeps us from taking a risk and thinking outside the box.
i have read and heard a lot of comments about people and churches (like rob bell, joel houston, hillsong, political candidates) regarding what they do, how they do it, what they believe and preach and what they focus more on. but when it comes down to it…i think (can i do that without being judged? lol) that we are just afraid of something new, different and dangerous. we hate risk. we hate change. we hate realizing that we don’t have it all down. we hate seeing that there may be someone who knows more than us. and while i do believe in judging things by the Word of God…if it DOESN’T DIRECTLY CONFLICT with scripture…why can’t we give it a try and see if it will fly? (no rhyme intended) why can’t we take a risk? why can’t we try something…even if we think it may fail?
who told us that we can’t fail? who told us that we can’t work something out? who said we have to get it right the first time? that’s why i love this “journey” thing that the world (and our church) is on. yes, there is a destination. but there is also a journey…and God cares about both! if He wanted us to be perfect and complete and in heaven…altar calls would be “instant death” services…cause when we reach our destination (being heaven in this case) we will be perfect and complete. but God longs to shape us into that completion here on this journey.
i love this article i found today on wordpress. david quotes at the start of his blog:
“Curmudgeon Alert…pet peeve to follow. Disclaimer: Blogs are places to arrange thoughts and mull over ideas. Not everything read in one’s blog is put into practice or followed to the letter. Sometimes it is simply the author thinking aloud and inviting other’s to follow along on the journey.”
he then goes on to talk and share and you know what? it was fine. (i encourage you to read the article and leave him a comment on what you think) i was actually happy to hear someone else’s true feelings and heart…regardless of the issue. it wasn’t blasphemous, it wasn’t sinful…it was honest. and honesty is a great trait to have nowadays with so much lying and deception going on in this world.
now when i talk about boldness, i am not talking about arrogance. here’s the difference. boldness will speak true to itself, but it is humble enough to accept when it is wrong. arrogance speaks true thought and feeling…regardless of what the truth is (i think the word “truthiness” is a synonym) and will not change its position. speaking for myself, i know i may have some crazy thoughts that are on the edge (have you seen my thoughts about modern worship? or my insights into the feminine spiritual dna?), but when Jesus speaks to me and tells me that i am “off” in any of these “crazy” areas…i gladly change what thoughts and feelings i have about it. at least i am passionate and open enough to take a risk…no matter who may not like it.
i mean who has made any serious impact in the world by always being popular and doing what everyone says is right? not even Jesus did that. 🙂 i challenge you to write something true to yourself and God…something that might be crazy enough to make a difference.
what do think of boldness versus arrogance? do you think there is a fear of being wrong in the church and world today? do you admire people for being bold and saying what they really think…even though it may not be totally right?