Great men may stumble the hardest, fall the furthest, and fail the greatest…but bounce back the highest.
All truth (or change) passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.Having said that, I realize that the wheels of change grind slowly. And when it comes to this blog, I'm quite sure that this is a road less traveled. But change in most cases requires trailblazing. And when it comes to the voice that God has given me to express the truth of a matter or bring conscience into the madness, I feel compelled to speak louder and resist others who may want or unintentionally act to limit this blog to a self-imposed echo chamber.
|The "Holy" Crusades. Not the best sales pitch for toning down anti-Christian views.|
Such terms are not phobias. They are derogatory terms for negative attitudes towards certain categories of people or other things, used in an invalid analogy with the medical usage of the term. These terms were coined with the purpose of shedding a negative light on the people within these opposing groups, by suggesting that everyone within has an irrational fear towards the objects of the terms. Usually these kinds of "phobias" are described as fear, dislike, disapproval, prejudice, hatred, discrimination, or hostility towards the object of the "phobia".
|President Jimmy Carter with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin circa 1978. If these two guys can shake hands, well...|
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’" (John 15.18-25, NIV)