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Free Speech…and Free Listening

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Have you ever thought that something couldn’t possibly be true because of who said it? In one of his essays George Orwell said: “Truth becomes untruth if uttered by your enemy.” Doesn’t that sum up the us and them mentality that we can so easily fall into?

This kind of thinking is especially prevalent in our American cross cultural society. However, listening and evaluating shouldn’t cease because you’re hearing the words of someone you don’t like. One of the strengths of our country is not only free speech, but the right to listen carefully and respond. It’s communication both ways that provides the biggest and best answers. Simply dismissing someone because you don’t like them…doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

Have you heard people say things about God, but believed them to be untrue because of who said them? A person with a good relationship with God should be willing to talk with you without harassing you, should be willing to listen to what you have to say. It should be a friendly discussion, not a debate.

Find that person. Look into God, and what he has to say…for yourself. If it’s true, it doesn’t matter who says it. It’s still true.

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17

 

 

 

 

 

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