be wise.

mjkimpan  —  October 25, 2012 — 14 Comments

the rhetoric has been amping up.

in the realm of politics as well as in religious communities (not to mention the toxic blend of both on social media), many seem to feel a pressing need to express themselves with incessant and boisterous resolve.

i’ve tried to be wise and keep quiet, for the most part – and though i have strong opinions on a number of pressing issues during this election season, i’m doing my best not to get sucked into the politics of this kingdom while claiming to be part of a different one.

as i’ve mentioned before here at the WayWard follower there is a glaring contradiction between how our political system operates and the faith so many claim it’s built on – and even more recently promoted an opportunity for those in the church on both sides of the political spectrum to come together and celebrate what we have in common.

but sometimes we have to learn to just keep our mouths shut and avoid (or stop) saying ridiculous, provocative, unhelpful, intolerant, divisive, immature and insecure things.

it’s a hard balance to know when to speak your mind and when to hold your tongue – but i’m trying to be wise and at least avoid the vitriolic political debates taking place on the facebook walls of some of my friends, post pictures with the sole purpose of promoting hatred of a particular candidate and fear mongering, and to keep out of conversations i know nothing about.

it’d be great if we all did.

in a brilliant post yesterday entitled, Stop Saying Stupid Things jenny rae armstrong wrote ::

It’s a function of insecurity and immaturity, that need to have an opinion on everything. And to insist that opinion is right, because the internet/Foxnews commentator/book-by-favorite-author said so.

Politics is politics, and it will always be messy and adversarial. But I have a serious bone to pick with our religious leaders for failing to lead the way in loving, thoughtful, respectful discourse. I have a serious bone to pick with them for failing to humble themselves, for refusing to seek out and value the voice of the “other,” for attempting to overwrite human experience, especially the female experience, with their personal opinions and academic biases.

So, shh.

Next time you’re tempted to Say Something Stupid, to pontificate on something you have no personal experience with, try saying nothing instead. Try listening. Try saying, “I don’t know. That’s totally outside my realm of experience. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that matter.”

Not having an opinion, or failing to state a flimsy opinion, wouldn’t make you sound weak, indecisive or stupid. Quite to the contrary, it would make you sound wise.

And goodness knows, we need less Stupid and more Wise.

ain’t that the truth. you can read the post in its entirety here.

election season will be finished in just less than two weeks… and quite frankly, i can’t wait for it to be over.