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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taboo Topics

Scripture to reflect upon: 2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

Politics and Religion. The two taboo topics everyone warns you not to discuss with people, particularly on first dates. Well, I happen to strongly disagree with that idea.

Blindly going into a relationship puts yourself in dangerous territory. And this of course is not just about marriage, but about the people you surround yourself with. Let’s start this way: Get a piece of paper and a pen. Make a list of the people closest to you in your life. I want you to now make a checkmark next to everyone on that list that stands strongly with you and what you believe. (Who supports you? Who encourages you? Who ministers to you in your time of need? Who won’t commiserate in your misery, but instead lifts you up and speaks hope into your life?)

Before we dated, Jared knew I was a Republican. He, at the time, was under the impression that he was a Democrat. So on our first date he asked me point blank, “Why do you like President Bush so much?” I didn’t get defensive. I merely explained why I believed what I believed, passionately from the heart. It wasn’t much longer that he then proceeded to ask me about my faith, in which again, I explained with much passion.

My faith and my political views are a very important part of who I am. It doesn’t define me, per say, but it does give insight to who I am and why. If someone is highly offended by those things about me, then that speaks volumes about what kind of role they would play in my life in the long run.

Jared listened closely. I told him things about President Bush that most people didn’t know because they never took the time to do their own research. They just believed the hype and lies. Jared was no different—at the time.

When I told him about my faith he was completely and utterly surprised to learn that someone else felt the same way as he did. Being raised a Mormon, it seemed as if no one in his circle knew or understood and loved God the way I had explained, and the way he had always hoped God to be.

If we don’t know what people believe and why, we never get to the heart of who they are. Without that kind of knowledge, there’s no way to know whether or not you should be “yoked together.” Again, this is for every relationship in your life. And I know some people would read into this and try to stamp a “prejudice” label on my head. But I beg to differ. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be friends, or converse with, non-believers, because then we would never have the opportunity to share Christ with others. But what I am saying is to be very careful who we make deep connections with. We need to know that the people we tie ourselves to are the ones who can stand in agreement with us during the good and bad times. We need to be with people who know what we believe and will support and encourage those beliefs.

There are many of us out there who are yoked with darkness and wickedness. I, unfortunately, yoked myself to someone like this a few years before I met Jared and all it did was bury me in darkness. That’s what yoking yourself with a non-believer will do, and that’s why the bible warns us about it. Not to be prejudice, but to be careful of our own walk with Christ.

The world and the darkness are very tempting, and sometimes when we surround ourselves with it day in and day out, it is all too easy to be lured into it without even realizing how far we’ve been sunk into it. Who on your list doesn’t have a checkmark next to their name?

NOTE TO SELF: What I believe and why I believe it defines who I am and I'm not ashamed of that!

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