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Quick To Speak, Slow To Listen: Humanity’s Infatuation With Our Own Ignorance

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been nothing more than the depravity of the human heart on display for the world to see. And no, I’m not just referring to the election season. I’m referring to every moment of every day of every year.

Social media is such a wonderful way to connect with other people, which is one of the greatest benefits of each platform. Yet, if I’m honest, I’ve witnessed so much stupidity, ignorance, and downright wickedness from the human race, more often than not.

Everyone wants an opinion, but not everyone cares about the truth.

I’m a big-mouth and I’ve had my fair share of foot-in-mouth moments in my 33 years on this rock. Yet, I have to give myself some credit for slow improvement; I’m learning to not speak about matters that I’m unqualified to address. This may or may not be why you don’t see me tweeting about cooking and foreign policy…

What about you? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Do I really know what I’m talking about? Is what I’m about to share actually true?”

Maybe it’s just me, but I often wonder if humanity is becoming more incompetent as the days go by…Information Age accessibility does not equate to wisdom and intelligence. We all have knowledge at our fingertips, but not all of us apply our hearts to the pursuit for truth.

I get what some of you might be thinking…”Andrew, you follow a guy who lived 2,000 years ago who claimed to be the Son of God…Ummm…Some people would say that you’re kinda ignorant!”

Well, this assumption might very well be true. I may be a fool, yet I believe otherwise. The Jesus I see in the Scriptures is far too fascinating and arcane to be some nut job who’s main motivation is to die for the redemption of an evil human race. Complete transparency: I like you guys, but I wouldn’t die for you.

I want truth, whatever that may be. To this day, Jesus represents such truth that I can’t ignore. Even so, I’m willing to be wrong.

Are you? If you don’t follow Jesus, what if he really is the truth, yet you refuse to seek him? Would you be willing to change your mind, admitting that you were wrong?

“If I’m wrong about God then I’ve wasted my life. If you’re wrong about God then you’ve wasted your eternity.” – Lecrae

Spirituality is one of many expansive topics, but I needed to address this matter for those of you who don’t get my fascination with Jesus.

Changing gears, here’s a silly idea: imagine people on Twitter deferring to others on matters that they’re not qualified to address…Hell will freeze over before that happens, but still, it’s a cute daydream.

What if we began listening and digesting ideas, theories, and general thought? What if we hold our words until we have an educated reason to stand behind them? I’m preaching to myself, folks…I fail at listening. Yet, even in my failings and fumbling, I desire to be someone who seeks truth above all opinion.

What will you do? Do you care about truth, or are you merely infatuated with your own opinions?

May we become a people who are quick to listen and slow to speak.