Friday, December 13, 2013

Differing views

Standing for what you believe in can be quite a task. It doesn't sound difficult. In theory one simply stands up for, or speaks about what they believe. 

There are many ways to stand up for what you believe in. You can make a private commitment to something, have a quiet word to someone, you can live a lifestyle which shows your beliefs, a heated conversation, you can also wear clothing stating your most passionate points, you can declare it on the streets or from a roof top and then you can post it on a social media website. 

I've done it all at some point in my life. Making a stand for what you believe in is something... It shows others what you care about. 

Taking a stand is something that takes guts! No matter what kind of stand you take it takes gumption because you have to really believe in it whole heartedly. No matter what others think or what happens, hold fast to your belief and do not be swayed! 

Do not make a stand in the hope it will make you popular. Usually it has the opposite effect. 

Taking a stand will likely bring a voiced opposing view. Opposition. We see opposition in sport when teams or individuals compete against one another to win a match or a title. We see opposition in politics when different groups and leaders hold different views or priorities. Opposition is in the community when businesses compete for customers loyalty and a good profit. We also see it in the playground when one child wants to play something and another one doesn't. 

I remember back to VCE (senior/end of high school) in a Business class I learnt about groupthink. Groupthink is the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group, resulting typically in unchallenged, poor-quality decision-making. Eg; "there's always a danger of groupthink when two leaders are so alike". 

I often think that if everything was peaceful, and people didn't have the freedom or ability to have their say or make a stand then the country or even the world would become a huge groupthink. Groupthink on such a large scale would mean no opposition and no competition in life. Business would not be the same and people would be miserable. I don't want to think the same as everyone else. 

But getting back on track I just want to tell you; whatever you believe, it is more than ok to have a voice. Even if it means we agree to disagree. Just remember to have your say with respect for others. By that I mean don't call someone names or wish bad things on them and certainly don't be a bully. Share what you believe in love. Love don't hate! 

So think about what you stand for. And if you stand for something be prepared for opposition. 

In the Bible many Christians faced opposition and were even persecuted for their beliefs. Sadly still to this day people are killed in many countries for having a differing view. If you face opposition, trouble or persecution you are not alone. Read these words penned by Paul and be encouraged! 

2 Corinthians 4:8-18 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.” We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 

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