And this has really gotten me thinking about a much larger issue.
This issue is hurting the Gospel. This issue is destroying the reputation of the Church. This issue is building walls between Christians and our culture. The issue?
Please hear what I am about to say and give it some serious thought….
Being right is not the most important thing. Or second. Or even third.
Yet, if I were an outsider to the Church, I would guess that “being right” was one of the most highly valued attributes of Christianity. It doesn’t matter what the topic is or what issue is being discussed… We’re right.
I don’t have to understand the topic completely. I don’t need all of the facts. I just know I am right!
Is it fair to say that is the attitude of many Christians today?
The Problem with Being Right
Remember the phrase, “No one likes a know-it-all”. Well, Christians have turned into know-it-alls. And as the phrase goes, no one likes ‘em!
And we see that in our culture, don’t we? The Church is losing influence daily. We have lost our voice because we have lost respect. We have lost respect because we refuse to listen.
Our culture simply wants to be heard. From political issues to stem cell research to gay marriage, people simply want a voice. They want to be heard, and they want to know people listened to them with an open mind.
You don’t have to always agree. And you don’t have to compromise your values. But you can listen.
Science vs. Religion
One of my biggest frustrations today is the battle between science and faith. These two are painted as incompatible. And I think I know why. Science seeks to ask questions and seek out the answers. Science never assumes. It discovers.
But Christians act as if they already have all the answers. Well, we don’t! Listen, I read the Bible daily. I have studied it my entire life. It contains Truth and Hope and Love. But it isn’t the “Life Answer Guide”. It isn’t. God gave us the Bible to know Jesus and His act of love and redemption. The Bible gives no answers on health care.
There should be no battles between science and religion. You realize God created science, right? God gave us the ability to ask questions and look for answers. Most scientists want people to seek for the truth rather than acting like they have all of the answers.
If you are willing to listen, then you will also have the opportunity to be heard.
How Christians Should Respond
Followers of Jesus should be willing to have deep discussions. We should be willing to listen. Yes, we DO have a lot of answers. But we don’t have ALL of the answers.
I am calling all Christians to… Listen.
Don’t argue. Don’t refute. Don’t try to win. And don’t be a know-it-all.
When we’re always right, it builds barriers.
When we listen, it builds relationships.