I’ve been accused of being too centrist, too moderate, and too non-committal on controversial. If you really believe that, then youngest really haven’t been reading my posts. First off, I debate, I don’t argue (well, I try not to). I will do my best to acknowledge the viewpoints of the other side before I open my mouth. When I cant, I don’t ask obvious or rhetorical questions, I probe with real questions that help me to better understand. The only time I will lay down the gauntlet is when it comes time to actually take action, and not just share a few words.
Look, I don’t NEED to be right. In fact, sometimes I hope people will prove me wrong, because sometimes my views are not very favorable to a better world or a better future.
I debate to learn, just as I do to teach. I will admit when I am wrong when you prove to me that I am not right. I will still shake your hand afterward, even if we simply agree to disagree.
It’s not that I support gay marriage. Or euthanasia. Or abortion. Or war. But I do support an individual’s right to be respected, accepted, and be held accountable like everyone else.
And I do choose my words as carefully as I choose my battles. I am not going to bend over backward to go toe to toe with a single unwed bible-thumper on gay marriage. Neither one of us is homo or hitched. And I am even more uncomfortable telling a pregnant woman what the definition of life is and how it should apply to her as written law. I will get on my soapbox with a megaphone over anything that challenges our Constitutional protections. I will hold it down on the need to revamp the foster care system or what it’s going to fix our economy, and our country
I am not afraid to test my knowledge, experience or faith against those who are different from me. Given the chance, I would grab a Bible with my dog-eared pages and highlighter, and take Lucifer and Jesus to task about what we were taught. I don’t simply question authority, as some seem to think. I question truth. Because if we don’t, we can easily and congregationally accept a lie as truth.