The choices of a lifetime
THE RIGHT WAY TO BE RIGHT
If you’re like most folks, you prefer to be right. Being right implies that, in the argument of life, you win. Who wants to lose? While the desire to be right is understandable, our insistence that we ARE right is more suspect. How often do we listen to arguments about meaningless details waged to assert a victory over frail memory: “I tell you, it was Tuesday, not Wednesday, and the man was in a blue coat, not a black one.”
Such assertions of infallibility can be annoying but are mostly harmless. Yet the conviction of our inerrancy can cause hurt or worse. Take the common conviction that one belief is true and all others false. We have dogmatic statements like these in Christianity too. Fair enough; but what if an adherent goes a step further and declares: All who hold otherwise aren’t welcome, must be exiled, or forfeit their rights? Being in the right instantly becomes synonymous with being human.
Religion isn’t alone in its potential to mete out moral value to those who embrace its path. This tendency is in politics, cultural groups, even between social classes. I grew up in a blue-collar area where it was widely accepted that only villains become rich. Wealthy folk are just as likely to pass moral judgment on the poor.
Truth doesn’t need bullying, shaming, or violence on its behalf to prove its authority. Jesus promoted meekness over arrogance, integrity over might, and sacrifice over slaughter. Truth looks better dressed like this.
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