Friday, October 25, 2013

Foolish Arguments

October 25, 2013

This has been one of those weeks...

I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger, and distracted from so many things. Of course, the one distraction from my regular post on Tuesday was a joy--a new precious baby was born, and I Had to share the news.

But to comment on what MARTHA STEWART said?????

eh. Not so important.

All I did was add to a controversy that doesn't matter at all in the grand scheme of things. 2 Timothy 2:23 says;

23 But refuse (shut your mind against, have nothing to do with) trifling (ill-informed, unedifying, stupid) controversies over ignorant questionings, for you know that they foster strife and breed quarrels.
Basically--don't argue with idiots.
When you see an argument developin'--check to see if it is something WORTH your time and effort to involve yourself the fray. Don't just jump into the mess and start yammerin' off YOUR opinion of the subject.
Ask yourself--is this an argument that MEANS something? Is it something that NEEDS to be addressed? By me? Or do I need to just bypass this exit to crazy and go on with my life?
Obviously, the Martha thing was foolish, because frankly, what she has to say about bloggers is of no import to how I live my life and write my little ramblin's. I could have just let it pass, and continued on with my wellness posts--which is WHY folks read the blog on Wednesday to begin with!
If there is an argument that is between other folks--do NOT just accept what one or the other is sayin' and take a side--UNLESS YOU KNOW THE TRUTH . If one person is accusin' the other of something...make sure you KNOW it's true before you join in the fun. Proverbs 18:17 says;
The first person to testify seems innocent, until the other comes and cross-examines him.
I have seen this many times. The Redneck and I have made friends with couples who SEEM happy, and then after a while, we hear from the husband how the wife is treatin' him, and then the wife gets me alone and tells me how HE is mistreain' HER, and then the Redneck and I talk to each other later, and we are just flabbergasted at the discrepencies in the stories. It took us a long time, but we finally got to where when we are this stage--we quietly disentangle ourselves from the couple, becomin' friendly, but not friends.
Sometimes, you don't need to argue with someone over something tht is important, you just need to make your position known, and then stand by it--WITHOUT arguin'. If you don't smoke, just let smokers know they are welcome, but if they want to smoke--they can do it outside. It's up to them if they want to visit your home and abide by your rules.
What about the BIG arguments in life, you ask? What about the fights about religious freedom, abortion, gun control, taxes and other things?
THOSE are not foolish arguments, therefore you NEED TO BE INFORMED. You need to do your research, and you NEED TO KNOW YOUR BIBLE. You need to be prayed up and know what GOD wants you to do--not what a local group thinks you should do.
And when you DO argue--do it with grace. Don't be spoutin' hateful things at folks who already think Christians are nuts. Present your position to the best of your ability, then step back, keep prayin'-- and let GOD do the persuadin'. One of the best ways you can argue about big issues is to VOTE. Use the right to make your opinion count, not just be heard.
Okay...not sure where this soap box came from--but I'm steppin' down now...
Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© Evelyn Edgett 2013

1 comment:

  1. I do completely agree with you on foolish arguments. They just don't serve a purpose. Sometimes we all have trouble with that concept at one time or other though. It's that pesky human nature we all have to deal with.

    Although...all arguing aside.....Martha is a great lady but can sometimes be a bit of a snot, lol....(smiles) Let's just put a Southern spin on it and say, "Bless her heart." (grin)