Originally posted by onequestion
reply to post by Cabin
People are afraid to be held accountable, they are afraid of responsibility because it means they wont get the easy win if they come in second place
anymore. It means they will actually have to face the truth.
If people weren't so worried about winning, and instead sought for the winning of others, then this would easily stop.
If I seek for your winning, then I reduce myself. If I reduce myself, then I take responsibility. If everyone reduced themselves for each other, and
sought each other one's win, and everyone took responsibility for all, then there would be perfect harmony.
Of course, we know that isn't going to happen here.
But we do know that there are some people who have this mentality. They are called the true followers of Christ. I'm not talking about your weekend
warrior Christians; the self-proclaimed, the mega-church pastors, the new-age elitists, or whatever else other kind of self-proclaimed there are.
I'm talking about that guy or girl that is quiet, works hard, always does the job for you, is always walked all over, reamed out, hated, not always
up-to-date with fashion, making choices that seem either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid, capable of interacting with your humor (which shocks
you because you thought they were too quiet or prude to enjoy you); the people that refuse glory, and even sometimes get frustrated if it is offered
to them because it belittles the joy and honor of their service to be recognized loudly in public; and if they are recognized, they are quiet, unsure
about how to take the recognition, nervous, extremely humbled, and even more determined to keep their head down and perform the work even harder.
They are the same ones that will be nice to you, and enjoy you, and have little problem with you; and if an opportunity arises, all of a sudden,
they're speaking with passion, and liveliness, and they're enjoying a philosophical debate with you, and sharing great insights and wisdom that you
have never ever heard before, neither saw things so simply or beautifully before, until you heard them speak. And then that puts you off sometimes
and you hear too much and you don't know whether to love them or hate them. And they know it. And the next time you see them, their head is even
further down, and they are not quick to act more like your friend, but even less like your friend, for fear of invading your space, and for fear of
thinking that you woke up the next day realizing an offense that you had convinced yourself existed that you had not previously perceived.
They give and give, even if you have.
Everything they do is astounding and shocking to you. There is little to no reason that you could find a fault in them.
No, they aren't perfect. They make mistakes sometimes.
But when they make a mistake, or if there is a flaw about them, they are extremely self-conscious about it. Not because they aren't perfect, but
because of the level of offense it might cause to YOU.
And if you were ever to see that one around other "Christians", you would hardly seem them rejoicing with them as much as you would see them reaming
them out. And then you would be further confused. Now why is that one reaming those so called Christians out? I thought they were Christian? I am
confused? Although, I agree with the statements that one is making, but I thought they were on their side?
Christians are on the side of the sinners. We want you to be saved.
We are not on the side of "self-proclaimed" Christians, the weekend-warriors, the "I go to church and I am holier than you" Christians. The "My
pastor has been preaching for 50 years, and I believe him" Christians. The United States military has the national guard. They also are weekend
warriors. They meet up at home base every couple of weeks and push papers and train. Then they go home. They are not battle-trained; they are fed
baby's milk. If you deploy National Guard, the enemy tears through them quickly.
Just like your weekend warriors, who think they are so "bad-ass"; self-proclaimed Christians consider themselves the same, and yet have no scars for
their cause, and have no sweat on their brow, neither blood in their mouth, or callouses on their hands, or mud in their feet; they don't eat cakes
of burnt flour; they eat lavishly all the time. Now there is nothing wrong with these things, except to claim that you are currently in battle, and
yet these things you enjoy?
All of that is a different discussion for sure. But I am giving you parts of the answer. And yet the answer is simple, really; not requiring imagery
if you have wisdom.
The world seeks gain for itself. Only those who are not of this world can possibly be willing to take responsibility for themselves and everyone, for
that is against the nature of this world.