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