Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[a] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
~ Colossians 3:13
If you believe everything you read, you better not read.
~ Japanese Proverb
My mom used to say believe none of what you hear and half of what you see…apparently she was quoting Ben Franklin. Her point was that there is always something the listener and the viewer does not know, a perspective they do not have. Look at the gospels. Each author reports the events of the time with a slightly different (and sometimes VERY different) view. The events may be the same, but the way the details are reported vary. John leaves some things out of his report all together, and chooses different things to highlight.
When we are reading, no matter what we are reading, it is important to know the author, or something about the author. It is important to look at the arc of his or her work against what you know about that author, and it is important to hold that up against the truth of God. Even Hitler was active in the religion. He tried to create a Protestant Reich, then when it split the church, he turned from it. His interest was in turning the church to his own will.
If you look at Democrats and Republicans right now, you will see more polarization than ever, and yet those groups are guided by the same documents, the same wish to see the country run well, but perspectives? Oh so different, and more so now than when I was little!
Today, as you listen, let the love of God be your filter, and your mouthpiece. It is way too easy to criticize, (Have you been in an organization toward the end of a year? Woah!) and say how you would do it. Instead, give it to God, write down your ideas, and should the opportunity present itself, share them…in love.
Meanwhile, filter what you read in that same way. Does it line up with the word? Does it line up with the Spirit of God? Look at it in the light.
Because of Him,