So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately after being inundated daily with posts in favor of quarantine, in favor of governmental control of protest or corporate worship, governmental control of outdoor activities (even going for a drive in your own personal vehicle), praise for government officials who supposedly “have our best interest in mind” and how we should gladly submit to their every order because “they know best”. I’ve also done some thinking about the numerous “Be kind”, “Is it worth arguing or losing a friend over ‘being right’?”, or “But I’ve seen first hand sick people during this situation, so [insert reason the government is justified here]” statements.
Since everyone else is entitled to their brash and harsh comments about why these officials should be praised and why I should sit down and shut up because I don’t know what’s good for myself or my family, I’ll gladly provide my opinion. Yes. Yes it absolutely is worth losing a “friendship” over being “right” in this instance. This isn’t about being right. Far from it. It is about finding out where an individual’s standards and core values lie. When “kindness” trumps truth, this is where I draw the line. Praising an individual (or group of people) in power because you are fearful and provide them with full control and admiration regardless of their moral integrity (or lack of), I will disappointingly, but willingly, bow out of that friendship or acquaintanceship.
Don’t misunderstand this for disagreement or healthy discussion. Opinion is always open for discussion and healthy, respectful discussion is what creates a productive society. Something bigger is at stake during all of this craziness, though-truth. What is the TRUTH? If I lose friendship because a friend has chosen emotion, political correctness, or fear over truth, then it is time for that friendship to end. I have two precious children that I pray over every day that God will provide them with discernment. Discernment for what is right in God’s eyes. I pray that they will grow to be loving, God-fearing men who speak the truth.
In a time where truth is pretty unpopular, from what I can tell, stand for truth.