It’s incredible in today’s society how integrated people want and strive to be with one another; yet live in such angst among them. When people are not like them or don’t agree with them it’s yet another type of holy war. It’s a complete oxymoron to want to live in such a world where ‘sharing is caring’ and the ‘more you know’ propaganda is pushed in the faces of people yet when what is shared is not what is wanted then we just throw it out like the baby, bathwater and all.
In today’s society forgiveness is one of the trickiest things of all. People want it but they don’t want to give it. They want tolerance for their cause and to be intolerant of yours- and for what reason? The feminist movement appears to be all about empowering women; but only so long as the agenda is what they want it to be. Have a different opinion as a woman? You better run and run fast! Or if you not strong enough to run; just simply ask forgiveness for having a mind meltdown so you can get back on the good side or forever suffer the consequences. Just admit your wrong thinking, take some stupid sensitivity class for having a different opinion; and then you will be accepted again. Forgiveness granted for your wrongdoing. Isn’t that how it is done? It appears to be for many in our society.
The most recent woman with an opinion reeling from the fact that she does is Cheryl Rios. Now; you may have never heard of her- yet. She is simply a woman who believes women shouldn’t be president. Nothing more than this; and yet her opinion is costing her. What is it costing her? Clients. Contracts. Business.
You see; she is a CEO. And she is a woman. And yes; she is a woman with an opinion. It should be celebrated but again; when it’s not with the majority and advancement of society there is no forgiveness. There is slander and intolerance. When it doesn’t line up with the oh so called advancement of society it’s not acceptable. When it isn’t pushing the agenda of someone else’s advancement of what he/she thinks then it’s not acceptable. No. Forgiveness does not go to those who may lay claim to more traditional thinking. Not in today’s society.
Until we as a society stop the double standard we are all going to lose. What is the double standard? Simple: It’s have an opinion but not the one I don’t like. But go ahead and have it and when you do I will do everything to ruin you. Don’t you see it? It’s everywhere. Stand for Israel or stand for heterosexual marriage and see what happens. Oh you like firearms? Yeah we’ll see how long that lasts! See what that does to your business. Where is the forgiveness? Where is the tolerance? We need to forgive the double standard and let people have opinions. I pray that for the one time when you have a difference of opinion you aren’t crucified for it. I pray that you still live in a country where freedom of expression still reigns. And for the direction where we are going; you might want to get that opinion out sooner rather than later. And why there still may be forgiveness given by some!
When other people have an opinion you do not like; it is not about you. When you give so much time and energy focusing on the intolerance of others you miss out on learning. Learning what? Learning about why people have different opinions. Learning another view point. Learning perhaps a new culture, new ideas.
When you think so highly of yourself to disregard people and their opinions you are revealing more about yourself than you think. You are revealing your lack of tolerance, sensitivity, maturity and respect for other people. Romans 12:3 is very clear, ‘For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.’
When you get out of your own way you may recognize that if everyone were just you like you might get bored. When you live in forgiveness your heart toward people and what they think will change. Your heart will be changed. Your eyes will be open. Your life will never be the same. The Word is clear for us to follow: ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.’
And so spending time focusing on what other people think or don’t think that does or does not line up with you; is truly a waste of time. It can prove to be damaging in the end. The great news though is that when you focus on the Lord you will reap the blessings. One only has to look at Chic-Filet for the best example for that!