So, it has become apparent that more and more people I know are beginning to express their beliefs over social media. I am all for expressing opinions of all genres: religion, sports, politics, quantum physics, ethics of penguin hunting… Yet, I cannot help but notice the multitude of statuses, tweets, YouTube comments, among other things that are not only uneducated, but downright rude. As we begin to have more resources, more opportunity, and new ideas, it is pivotal to our growth as individuals and human beings that we explore the vast amount of information set before us by history, and present research. It is just as important that we respect one another’s beliefs and understand that disagreements are okay! With all the resources we have, we could all do a little brushing up on what we believe and why. In the last year alone, I have made assumptions about health based on what “mom used to say.” Not only were many of these statements hodgepodge, but it made me rethink many of my own assumptions about life. Don’t get me wrong. I still have many thoughts that could use some deeper inspection. I guess what I am really trying to say is this: I am far more ignorant than I could ever imagine and far more capable of learning than I could ever dream. So why not learn a thing a two?
With that said, this blog is my personal expression of my knowledge and ignorance on many issues. Specifically, I will tackle a lot of issues regarding the qualms many have with Christianity as well as give my opinion on current affairs with a christocentric (Jesus-centered) perspective without beating a dead horse or shoving it down anyone’s throat. I’d like to take the many questions with their typical answers and dig deeper. Some topics will be a crater while others, a divot. However, the goal, no matter the topic, is to dig! I don’t want you nor myself to settle for “because my mom said so,” or on an even more controversial level, “because the bible says so.”
As a believer of Jesus’ salvific (it’s a real word… right? it is. Just googled it) work on the cross and his bodily resurrection, I think it is important to question and dialogue with others with or without faith in anything and everything. That is why the name of this blog is More Talk, Less Fight. This is my attempt to talk out these various issues with sensitivity and grace without rudeness and hurtful assumptions. This will be a two way street. I am hoping to learn more than I give. If you are willing to join a movement within our generation that speaks up but with knowledge, power, compassion, BUT (maybe, most importantly) listens, then join me in my endeavor to educate and be educated, encourage and be encouraged, hear and be heard, challenge the masses, and be challenged. Why not? I will post an entry every Wednesday (hopefully… I am all over the place) based on what you want to hear and talk about. Shoot me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to send me a topic! You can follow me on twitter @itsjoescott and tweet me your ideas if that’s more your thing.
It is my pleasure to hear your thoughts and questions, and do my best to articulate my thoughts. So, What do you say? Can we have more talk, and less fighting, please? #MTLF
This Wednesday’s topic: Louie Giglio declining the opportunity to give the Benediction at President Obama’s inauguration.