What Do You Believe?


to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.






It’s Tuesday again, and you know what that means… today is Truth Be Told Tuesday. Thanks for checking in.


A couple of weeks ago my wife shared with me an unwarranted observation concerning me as I was watching a basketball game on TV. The conversation went like this: Honey, you’re extremely opinionated, to which I relied; “you talk too much.” She shot straight back with; “see, that is exactly what I’m talking about.” Which lead me to end the conversation with these four golden words: “see, your still talking.”


My wife looked at me with ones of those looks that said: OK, that was funny, but you still really get on my nerves.


But as I thought about her comment I realized that I do have opinions (many of them), and that being opinionated isn’t necessarily wrong, or that you have to be obnoxious or rude in communicating them.


In the end, I believe what I believe.


If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”


-Romans 10:9


I don’t believe it to be wrong to have beliefs. I do however believe it to be wrong to chastise or judge another for not sharing your point of view.  Stuart Chase, an American economist, commented; “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”


I agree. Again, what I believe is what I believe.


And what I believe is parents ruin youth sports, marijuana should remain illegal and term limits for elected officials are needed. I believe all should arrive in this country legally, learn English once here and register to vote. I believe Pee Wee Herman is a comedic genius that I wouldn’t allow to babysit my children, uniforms should be mandatory in public schools and that Geoffrey Canada should win the Nobel Peace Prize.


I believe our country is best served when Vice President Biden isn’t heard, Vice President Cheney isn’t seen (I really like VP Cheney BTW… I think he just scares the crap out of people) and Vice President Gore isn’t heard or seen.


I believe coaches get too much of the blame when their team loses, too much of the praise when they win and too much money in both instances, especially college coaches.


But with many beliefs (and opinions) it’s my faith in God sending His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sins that sustains me; because of this I have peace and eternal salvation. I believe in God’s greatest commandment and commission to “love my enemy” and “to spread the gospel” and because of these beliefs I have no desire to politicize my faith.



Psalm 23

I also believe those around me are far better served if I live out my faith in deed; not word, realizing my faith doesn’t licenses me to judge a woman’s right to choose or a man’s desire to marry another man though I might be of a different opinion. What my faith does provide me with is the ability to agree to disagree without being disagreeable and the realization that you can never argue another one into believing what you believe.


In the end, I do believe “you attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar” and that people would rather see a sermon than hear one. This I believe.


That is my “Truth Be Told” for Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (tbtt . #3)



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