Slow Down Before You Map Your Experience Over Others

Rick Thomas | 7/6/2019 | Rick Thomas
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A blogger’s nightmare is when a person reads their article, pulls a point from it, and responds unkindly to the post. It often happens after I have posted a blurb on Facebook. Someone will respond uncharitably without doing the work of understanding the context or taking the time to ask questions.

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These are my drive-by shooters, who function with a “Ready! Fire! Aim!” mentality toward social media. They blow in, blow up, and blow out, never to be seen again—at least not until the next blurb with which they take issue. They illustrate a common temptation for all of us.

It is natural to interpret life from our personal experiences, which is what Cornelius Van Til called “no neutral or brute facts.” We precede every fact, story, thought, or idea by our belief system that has been shaped by the many things that have happened to us.

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Nobody enters into a discussion knowing everything there is to know about the situation. Nobody comes into a conversation with the ability to suspend their shaping influences so they can be objective about what they perceive and what they want to say.

Here are three examples from three everyday life experiences that can leave an indelible impact on how any person interprets life. All three of these illustrations were my early life experiences.

Culture - Environment - Rules - Lists - Preferences

A legalistic culture is an environment where rules, lists, and secondary preferences can be equal to or even function to supplant the gospel. A rule-based system creates a fear-based culture where how you present yourself becomes the basis for being accepted or rejected.

In this kind of culture, the temptation to present yourself falsely, while assessing and uncharitably judging...
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