I love donkeys. And come on, elephants are just plain cool!
Can we just leave it at that? Can we stop there before you write me off because of my political leanings or I get upset with you for yours? In spite of all the naysayers and Chicken Littles in the media, I don’t really think we’re looking at the end of life as we know it as a result of the 2012 election (or any other election). But it’s okay; if you insist on continuing to needle me, go ahead. I doubt I’ll be dissolving into tears over it.
I can tell you I’m a Florida Gator fan, and you may instantly judge me – especially if you’re a Bulldog or a Seminole (or a fan of any other team in the SEC). For the sake of a friendly rivalry, I’m okay with that. Hey, I’ll break bread with a Gamecock or an Ibis any time, as long as our jabs across the table are all in good fun. No sniffles from me.
I can only imagine the implications of my telling you I like alternative rock music – particularly if you’re a classical music fan or committed exclusively to country. Well, it’s true: I choose to listen to the Black Keys and Muse and many others of their ilk on satellite radio in my car. The truth is I will gladly listen to Mozart and Mendelssohn, too. I grew up playing them on the piano and to this day find them magnificent. (Garth Brooks and I also have a long history. I admit it.) I won’t tear up if you ask me to turn the radio off.
And now this: I’m a Christian. Uh. Oh. Where does that leave us? I’ll be honest with you. I hold deep convictions about the divinity of Jesus Christ and what His death on the cross means for our ultimate destiny. These beliefs go all the way to the core of my being, which means they simply won’t be shaken. If you want to mock, have at it; I promise not to cry. But I should point out:
- Unlike politics, faith is not a man-made construct. It is a divinely-created relationship.
- Unlike sports, faith is not a whimsical allegiance. It is a life-altering covenant.
- Unlike music, faith is not a listening preference. It is an invitation to worship.
You can mock my views on politics, my choice of sports teams, and my musical preferences and it won’t hurt my feelings because in the end, they aren’t that important.
Yes, you can even mock my faith and I won’t be personally offended because my faith is based on much more than my own desires or conclusions.
But unlike politics, sports, and music, this topic is eternally important, so you’ll understand if, at the end of the day, I want more for you than a robust verbal sparring match, won’t you?
Is there anything you hold so dear that it can’t be shaken? Would you share in the comments?
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