Originally posted by BellaSabre
So acquiesce to bullying and intimidation? I don't think that's the way we're wired.
At least not me...... those of you who agree with Williams.... go right ahead and enjoy. Sissies. You know the best way to deal with a bully is to
stand up to them.
Our wiring is against our better judgment, firstly.
Secondly no one says "be a sissy." What I say is "you have seen nothing yet, little baby."
It is a little annoying to hear people whine like little girls when words offend them so easily. The best way to deal with a bully is to put on
impenetrable armor. And the only way to put on impenetrable armor is to develop thick skin. Thick skin is a callus that comes by much constant
irritation, endurance, and eventually, to maintain the callus, technique. Then the only way one could hurt you is your heart, if they could ever
penetrate your skin. Depends on how much willpower you have (or God has for you, which I know is more true, because I used to think I had willpower
until many things).
If you play acoustic guitar, you know how it can be painful and the calluses eventually develop, and especially if you're sliding and picking wildly,
you can still bleed, but it is hardly a big deal. But if you hand an acoustic guitar to someone who has never played, or even to an electric
guitarist, or even someone who is used to small strings and low action; they will enjoy for a few moments and then say, "I don't know how you do
that. It just hurts too much after a while."
Because I kept going. I didn't whine when it hurt. I just kept going.
Rip my fingers apart, what do I care? I care about the music, not my skin.
That's the point.
Now playing guitar is more difficult than most "persecution" self-proclaimed Christians suffer today. But it's a million times easier than really
being treated like a dog; a cute dog by some, an ugly one by others, but a dog nevertheless.
Of course, these days, people treat dogs real well. We've traded places I suppose.
But at least the humans don't beat us every chance they get over here; not yet. They just demean you until you realize that you are what they think
you are, a useless animal.
Then you eventually learn that is what your flesh really is. All it wants is animalistic in nature, really. Once you learn what your house is, then
you learn that it is not the house that matters, but what is inside the house that matters.
No bully can take away what is inside of you. Only you even have a chance of removing that, and not easily at that.
Self-proclaimed Christians today live WAY TOO FOCUSED on the flesh. Worried about where you live, what you eat, how much money you make, are you
providing enough for your kids, do you drink a beer before you pay the bills, do you do this and that, and the other.
And they use scripture to attack and say, "Bwahah you fail at the law, even what Jesus or Paul or Peter said!" And I say, "Yeah. I fail. Not on
purpose. But I fail. Thanks for noticing. I wouldn't have known that you were failing if you didn't just reveal to me by your hypocrisy... but I
see that you're failing, too. Well that's good, at least we have God's grace on our side, right? And by the way, my kids don't have to have
chocolate milk and chocolate chip pancakes every morning to live. Thanks."