Don’t Believe Me? You Better CheckPosted: May 22, 2010
What’s my point?
I tried to sway your opinion in the previous piece called And You Are Trying To Figure Out Why We Don’t Tell You the Truth with the title of this article.
Why does it matter?
Readers who decide to read my posts have to understand that there is no regulation or accountability to this blog. It is your responsibility to step back and find out for yourselves if the information I give is correct. Don’t believe me unless you check the facts.
When we lived in Houston, we attended Houston’s First Baptist Church. We became friends with the head pastor there Gregg Matte. We were listening to a sermon once when he said something that blew my mind.
“Guys (Congregation), just because I am standing up here with a microphone and a Bible doesn’t mean that you should just blindly believe what I am saying. It is your responsibility to check this information out for yourself! We want you to grow in your relationship with Christ.”
Did I just hear that from our pastor? Did he just say to listen to him and then check him out to make sure he is telling the truth? That is amazing! As I sat there it made so much sense to me. God wants us to check his book. Why would you blindly believe something that someone says just because he went to school to get the title of Pastor? It was brilliant. Of course we should check or else a bunch of people start doing really crazy things in the name of Christianity.
And You Are Trying To Figure Out Why We Don’t Tell You the Truth
As I was thinking about titles, I wanted to think of something that was subtle, but definitely gets the reader to think I am against this piece by Solomon. Some of the other ideas were, Writer’s Love Negative, Fine I’ll Tell You But You Aren’t Going to Like It, and This Writer Just Crushed Me. I almost pulled the trigger on the second example there, but I thought it was too blatant. So I decided on And You Are Trying To Figure Out Why We Don’t Tell You the Truth.
My thinking behind it was that I wasn’t identifying who I was saying this statement to. Was it to a writer, or a fan, or both? I hoped that writing it that way would catch as many people as possible. From the responses, it seemed like everyone thought I was talking to fans. The writers that responded seem to explain more the editing side of writing and didn’t really cover if they thought I was talking to them.
Do Not Trust Me Until You Check
There is nothing left for me to say.