I am a thinker.
So much that I can get lost in my thoughts.
I read a lot of different things all the time. Reaping the harvest of knowing people gives me a great deal of understanding about the world and its inhabitants.
Some say I read too much.
Others say I read too broadly.
Many would accuse my interest in other things as bad or a waste of time.
I have great concern for what other people think. I just don’t care at all about what they think of me. (Or I’m learning to) Today I read an article on partiality types and one on the liberty of thought.
Without being verbose, think for a minute about what consumes your mind. Is it a hobby or interest? A person or idea? Is it worry or frustration? Now know that what you think about is typically your master if it controls your other thoughts.
I believe the world would be a terrible waste of time and space if everyone was the same, held the same ideas, loved the same things, and produced the same outcomes. There are people who like this idea and some who even think that it would be a good and righteous outcome. I disagree.
There are people who love to make us fear our thoughts, and while we are not to grasp onto every idea or whim, we are free and have the liberty to entertain, even if for curiosity, different views. Those who would say otherwise are really scared, weak, and unable to enjoy the realm of truth because they fear so deeply that they will fall prey to error.
I’m not talking about the Bible, but it also applies.
I read an ‘aged saint’ today that spoke of this very thing. He said, “Beware of anyone who would keep you inside the box and outside the veil. You can always spot them: you must read only what they approve, listen to those of their own persuasion, and never question either. There is not a cultic political or religious leader who does not follow this formula. They are all alike in this respect.”
When we come to this reality and begin to be free in our own agency, even in a structured society. (laws and morals), we are going to be seen as a threat to the weak and fearful. Then, those individuals often band together under their bondage (cult) and become those who police others.
The Aged Saint, “Those who dare to be different are a clear and present danger to the tyrannical tough guys who want regimentation in place of liberation. To do this, you must, as with all dictators, do away with independent thinkers. For thought determines actions (Prov 23:27).”
It is vital to understand that under our current Constitution and then also under the Scripture’s authority, we are not permitted to dictate or police others’ ideologies, opinions, or interests. We are not permitted to stand and say that it is “righteous” or “godly” to promote bigotry, hatred, greed, slavery, misogyny, racism, sexism, or any other blight on goodness in the name of another “good”.
We live in a day where plurality, a constitutional right given by “God”, is more alive than ever before. Yet, there are many who would impose terror and slavery on those who disagree with their thinking and liberty.
Don’t be fooled.
Think for yourself.