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Strange And Mysterious

Posted Friday, February 20, 2009, at 11:14 AM

Wanna Fight?
What is it that gets you riled up? It usually takes quite a bit to get me going but around the Gazette lately, there have been some blog topics that have gotten me pretty hot under the collar. It's not the actual topics presented or the opinions of those that participate but the way the discussion denigrates into the I'm the one who is right and you can kiss my butt if you don't like it, and the you don't know what you are talking about attitudes.

It has bothered me so much that I've considered dropping out of the Gazette blogsphere more than once because I can't seem to get past the way things have gone downhill in my view, and for whatever reason I can't seem to ignore them. I reasoned if I didn't blog here, I would skip visiting the Gazette web site and thus avoid my discomfort.

So with that in mind, here is the rest of the story...

I was visiting Colorado Territory this morning via the Denver Post web site when the following headline caught my eye...

"Lutherans to weigh recognition for gays", and you can read the original article at http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/c...

What I found most interesting about the article was the comments that followed, where scripture was quoted and the followup comment about the scripture quoted. What the comments presented did was send me to the Bible to check out for myself what the Word actually said without someone I don't know adding their take on it.

I guess the strange and mysterious part is what I ended up reading that will keep me here, and I hope blogging happily along...

Here is the passage that was "highlighted" to me...

"Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful."

Now to be fair, I took the above out of the total context of the scripture, so I encourage belivers and non to read the entire passage at... http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?boo...

I for one will at least try to stay out of the heated discussions and not let them influence me in the negative way they have. I was pointed to something important for me today, but only believers likely understand the feeling gotten from Divine Intervention, but it was there for me.

One of the great things about the USA is our freedom of speech and to say and believe what we wish, so your mileage may vary.

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Brian, I want to say, I enjoy reading your blogs. It's a nice change of pace from the heated political ones.

-- Posted by npwinder on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 12:52 PM

As a Rpublican born and bred, I am most disturbed by the unyielding positions of the self-proclaimed conservative "Only We are right" folks.

There was a time when folks argued their position and went out for coffee, or a drink.

Or father of the bride and his son in law would debate and still love and respect each other.

In recent years, we have families refusing to speak to each other because of political difference.

Somehow, I just don't think that is what George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, James Monroe, Alexander Hamilton had in mine.

Jefferson was totally opposed to the totally dominant central government, but whent he chance came to make the Louisiana Purchase, he didn't hesitate. He was the deal as good for the nation, to heck with his personal philosopy.


-- Posted by bigsurmac on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 2:59 PM

I agree with your sentiments, Brian. I don't think there's anything wrong with feeling that your views are right and standing by them- and I don't intend to assume that you feel otherwise if you don't- but I do agree that a lot of those kind of discussions and arguments aren't made with the right kind of attitude, including those I've been in.

I think a big problem a lot of Christians have is going to extremes of either honesty or compassion. The overly compassionate are too afraid to risk negativity and sometimes end up not doing what God wants of them, while the overly honest people too easily steep into negativity and get caught up in fights that serve no value. An exceptional servant of the Lord- the one described at the bottom of your linked passage (2 Timothy 2:24-25)- has been given the gift to balance compassion and honesty in their speech.

Also, please don't quit blogging here. Your blogs are genuinely and fair-temperedly interesting and enjoyable to read. Too often do I look into the more heated discussions and come away with either a good or bad feeling, but neither of which is satisfying.

-- Posted by bjo on Fri, Feb 20, 2009, at 4:35 PM

Brian, I'm glad that you decided to stay and continue blogging on the Gazette's website. I enjoy reading your blogs (even if I don't comment). They are always level-headed and usually very entertaining. If all we had on this site were the inflammatory political blogs, I'd probably skip that section altogether.

~Sandy Gillispie

-- Posted by dlfiend4ever on Wed, Feb 25, 2009, at 10:59 AM

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