Who Told You That?

A lot of people will suddenly “care” about something if the right (or wrong) person tells them to care. Circumstances, policies, and people that have long gone unnoticed or unquestioned can suddenly be under scrutiny and even attack as long as at least one person can get enough other people to “care,” or at least notice loudly. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it can be a very bad thing, especially if a lot of people get over excited about something that isn’t even a world-shattering issue.

I’m not saying that there haven’t been some huge things going on lately, but it seems to me that a lot of people are missing the point. A lot of people have a tendency to pick something that is related to a problem, and pretend or believe that the smaller issue is the actual problem. Can we please just take two (or sometimes more) steps back and look at the facts? Let’s not just take a good look at the facts, let’s follow them to a root. Every problem has a root cause. Just like the weeds in your yard, if you kill the root you will kill the problem. If you kill just the leaves (or symptoms) that you can see, it can still grow back because you didn’t take out the root.

But all that can be a post on its own. Here, I want to address who is telling someone what to do or think. Who gets to tell you what to do? Who gets to tell you what to think? Do you follow the herd, or do you take pause and look around before taking action? Who told you the things that you currently know and believe?

Ah, now I’m asking dangerous questions. Is everything you believe actually correct and true? On what authority do you base that? Who gets to tell you the important things about the world around you? Who gets to tell you what is important at all?

This is a dangerous set of questions that I pray you will take carefully and with great wisdom. I pray that God will guide you every step of the way, and that He is ultimately the One who gets to tell you what to do. Why? Because He created everything, knows everything, and is completely good.

Asking questions is a thrilling and sometimes dangerous experience, but as long as you find the correct and true answers, you will be much safer in the long run. Find some godly people who can help you, but be sure that everything lines up with God’s opinion, set down in His Word.


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