10 Sep

Grandfather once told me the mark of an ignorant man was when he made statements and came to conclusions without having all the facts. He taught me to research the facts before I reach a conclusion and the importance of educating yourself. This, he said, would prevent you from making a fool of yourself. Ignorance has no place in an educated world.

I have followed this practice all my life and for the most part research the facts on a subject before I engage my mouth. What surprises me, however, is how many people don’t. Everyday I hear people jumping to conclusions by what they hear on the news, or watch on television. Is this because of lack of education or just plain laziness on their part?

Part of the problem, in my opinion, is that so many people just follow like sheep going to the slaughter house because that is where the flow is taking them. This is one of the main causes for the discontent that has taken over our country today. With all the years I spent getting an education, one of the most important traits I learned was to think for myself and not to follow the crowd. It takes a little effort on your part to research something, but the enlightenment is far more valuable. I have watched peoples eyes light up in surprise when they actually learned the facts behind something they had already formed an opinion on.

Another problem is Church leadership. They have a tendency to use the pulpit to push their opinions on things without looking at all the facts or researching the laws they are based on. Many in the church will adopt these opinions as fact because they forget the pastor is human too. Many times preachers use the bully pulpit to push ideas they heard of but never fully researched. I see this as irresponsible on their part.

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end there it is. Taking the time to research the truth will, in the long run, make this a better country.

In closing I offer one more bit of wisdom from Grandfather. Stand on your own feet, you don’t need to lean on others for support and you don’t need to follow the crowd just because everyone else is.

What do you think, are you taking the time to learn the truth before you leap?

Walk daily with God at your side!



2 Responses to “Ignorance”

  1. the warrioress September 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    I really appreciate an educated, well-researched opinion. I don’t understand why one can’t be Christian and well-educated. Perhaps fear and laziness are the culprits. I am embarrassed to be grouped with those who are ignorant just because I follow Jesus Christ. All Christians are not ignorant! Some of us realize that in order to share our faith with the world, we need to strive for understanding, compassion, love, and the realities of a thing. Thanks for being someone who really thinks and explores, Ed.

    • efchristi September 11, 2015 at 9:57 am #

      I think the problem is no one will speak up and hold the person accountable. I have a habit of calling the person on his words and actions, explaining where he or she has missed the point. The response, not to surprisingly, is I’m only human. I tell them that is just an excuse and remind them people take their words as gospel. It does not make you popular though. Speak your truth softly and continue to share the love with all you meet.



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