Common Sense

I used to think that “common sense” was common. I’m not quite sure what percentages I had in mind but if I was guessing, I’d have a tendency to say that probably two thirds of humanity has common sense and possibly one third doesn’t. The short story is that the word “common” meant to me, that more people had common sense, than those who didn’t.

I don’t believe this anymore. My projected percentages are probably way off.

If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think that a switch has been thrown in the minds of an awful lot of what I would consider, “intelligent” people, as of late. And I do know that my mind is becoming increasingly tired of trying to understand why some people don’t see what I see and why it is that I don’t see what some other people see. I can’t help thinking that life is too short to be wasted on the pursuit of twisted secular logic, which, from my way of thinking, many seem to be determined to pursue. Deliberately testing God when there is no need to, abandoning Biblical principles for secular logic and mistakenly assuming that gaining earthly power and control via unholy means equates to pleasing God because the end justifies the means, are but a few examples that come to mind.

Facts that are generally accepted as being factual, by professionals, who generally know what they are talking about in their given area of expertise, don’t seem to really matter anymore. One can always find “alternative” facts that oppose the generally accepted “factual” facts and formulate an opinion or perspective that comes to a different conclusion. The “alternative” facts become the “factual” facts of choice for those who hold opposing perspectives. Time spent in comparing the pros and cons of a given subject, seems to have shifted towards just finding facts that support or strengthen the conclusion we have chosen to follow. And issues are multilayered in that they feed into one another and accordingly, appear to have become much more complex and integrated, than issues that we used to deal with before. Key word there is “appear” because I suspect that most issues have always been complex and multi-layered.

I’m thinking that the difference in how some of us see things differently than others has always been there, but as of late, the division in our thinking seems much more apparent and it almost feels like I am in a maze and no matter which way I turn, I seem to run into a wall of perspectives that disagree with mine. The issues where these differences of opinions or perspectives are prevalent are many. They include politics, freedom of choice, freedom of expression, religious liberties, science, in many of it’s varied fields, differing world views and of course, because I am a Christian, how I relate all of this with my personal walk with Jesus.

Of course, I have a tendency to think that I have “common sense” and those who hold opinions or perspectives that are different than mine, don’t have “common sense”. But then, just to make things interesting, those who hold different opinions or perspectives than I do, probably think that I don’t have “common sense” either.

I am deliberately, in this post, not going to discuss any of the current issues that there are differing opinions or perspectives on, both from those who are outside of the Church and those who are inside of the Church, which in itself, adds additional layers of complexity, to the reality of how these many issues, are being looked at.

In the big scheme of things, my opinion or perspectives, are nothing more than a speck of dust, in a windstorm of controversy, that we all are engaged in.

I hear the statement, “we are all in this together” and I can say, in all honesty, from my perspective, that is both true and not true. Because we are all part of humanity, we are all in this together, whether we want to be in it together or not, and conversely, even though we are all in it together, we are clearly not all of the same mind or persuasion.

I do know that I am becoming increasingly tired of swimming against the currents and please note that “currents” is plural. From my personal experience, it would appear to serve little purpose, to argue for a particular point of view or perspective, because in far too many cases, the presentation of factual facts means very little to those who have already predetermined their decision of choice, on a given subject or issue. And, in addition, when one does offer up a case for opposition, to a stated opinion or perspective, in more cases than not, condescending derogative adjectives are almost always forthcoming, by those who are both outside and inside of the Church. I can understand and accept the cutting remarks from those who are outside of the Church but it grieves me when I view them uttered by those from within. Quite frankly, “these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10).

I do believe that God will accomplish all of His purposes. In fact, God’s Word tells us exactly that:

Isaiah 46:9-11 NASB
“Remember the
 former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

And God’s purposes extends to those of us who have placed our trust and faith in Jesus:

Philippians 1:6 NASB

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

So, with God being my helper, and after much prayer, I have decided to stay away from discussing these controversial issues and endeavour to focus my attention for all forthcoming posts, on God’s Word and Jesus.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

7 comments

  1. Good thoughts, Bruce! I once had a very high opinion of “common sense” until someone enlightened me that opinions and attitudes held in common by the majority weren’t always correct or optimal. Prime examples were the once-widely held beliefs that the Earth was flat and that the Sun revolved around it.
    I’m very aware that I’m not in sync with the notion of Christian nationalism, which is near and dear to most evangelicals living in the U.S. I mostly keep my opinions to myself on that one because an American Christian who doesn’t march in lockstep is viewed as an alien from Mars. I know I’m also out of step with popular evangelicalism in regards to ecumenism with pseudo-Christianity in this era of plurality and tolerance, but I’ll keep speaking up about that because the Gospel is at stake!

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    • Thanks for commenting Tom, and I understand the overview of your perspective. I always find it interesting how when one specializes in a particular area, which generally, means we are much more sensitive to what is going on behind the scenes, so to speak, that there can be a noted difference in what is tolerated and what is not tolerated by the author that is specializing in that area, than others who are not. Enhanced study brings an enhanced perspective with added appreciation for more refined detail. As I have said before, it it wasn’t for individuals like you, a lot of us would be in the hurt locker when it comes to comprehending what is being said and what is actually taking place within the Roman Catholic Church. I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I am glad that you keep on speaking up. Blessings brother.

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  2. I have seen, and experienced, the same reaction from Christian brothers and sisters when trying to express a differing point of view that is based on research and facts. Many people will gravitate only to sources that support the narrative they have adopted, and so, will not hear other perspectives.

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  3. Seeing that I have my moniker as it is,”Evolution is a Hoax” I intentionally attract the worst detractors. LoL. Yet, after they use some special expired language, I give them some common sense about fossils and such and boom, their eyes bulge out and their hair turns green. And almost in every case they are dumbfounded as to how they didn’t see the obvious. They never hit me again with it its as if the cat got their tongue. the biggest loud mouths of the ages all of a sudden are silent.
    Common sense is a broken phrase, it no longer means the thoughts that everyone generally would have on how to solve a problem. It is more complex its more of a street wise MacGyver sort of intuition as to what to do, not all accepting given response to a situation.

    I have found with the bible by using the Audio bible that I hear things many people miss. So they are oblivious to what is common knowledge because they don’t know the basics or the details even if they read it once.
    So in the past week I read Revelations 10 times or so. An example of a passing word was, “and I will give him the morning star”
    Well, people pass that over without giving it a thought. when was the last time some one guaranteed you that you would get the star that rises above the horizon that is about 4.3 light years away from us. And Him is a plural. To those who overcome.. Rev 2:28 I will give the morning star…

    So if you extrapolate then we will own a star? or we will end up going to that star? or it will be Hot real estate, that we will never see. Is that a gift?
    Common sense suggests we will go there OR its a metaphor OR we will go there but not to be burned up by the star but be on a planet near that star. There are some assumptions.

    Still on the other side of this some may thing its all crazy and not common sense that we will be taken to a new planet with new heavens to live in a New city. Sounds crazy! But Jesus promised. the streets of Gold! and a continuing city, and a new heaven and new earth! If you do not trust God, you might not think its common at all. But if you trust the gospel, and trust the events of the New Testament all of a sudden its common sense to look at the details of our future. The Obvious is only obvious to those who want to see and take the time to look into things. Then its common to them. Of course its common sense now.

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