God’s Word for Today: Debate. What exactly comes to mind when you hear this word. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, for those citizens of the United States, our televisions have been and will be filled with debates of Presidential candidates. With the primary elections this spring and summer, and then the general election this November, there will be many debates.
I actually kind of enjoy a good debate. It is interesting how the actual quality of the debate is orchestrated by the mediator. If the person leading the debate is too lenient, the candidates will stomp on the time allotment clock and keep talking till there is no end. Or, the candidates will do an excellent song and dance, but never really answer the delivered question. Others, get stuck on one subject, and just can’t seem to get their point across. A good mediator will keep things moving and flowing for the benefit of all.
No matter what words are said. No matter what emotions are expressed. No matter who is the greater intimidator and who is the mouse. All the candidates are trying to “strut their stuff”, and have only one goal in mind. That goal is the simple “PICK ME, PICK ME!!”
I don’t know if I would have been any good on a debate team, or in an actual candidate debate. I would like to think so. I have some very strong opinions and ideals. But, many times, I think of the perfect answer, or rather comeback, long after it is needed. Sometimes this wisdom doesn’t rear its voice until the next day. The “I should have said” is rather prevalent in my mind and will stick there for like years. Think about it, does your wit and wisdom come easily to surface when needed? Or, is there a temporary road block in your brain at the exact moment the perfect answer is supposed to surface? This can be quite frustrating at times. Maybe there is a reason my mouth does not instantly spew the cleverest response at exactly the right time. We might have to debate the reason for said occurrences.
Mark 12:28. One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
Jesus really left no room for debate. Many Pharisees and Teacher of the Law would try to entice Jesus into a debate. But, Jesus’ answers were so true and so correct and so full of love, that there was no cause for debate. Even the answer to the question in today’s scripture was perfectly nondebateable. Please, if you have read this far, leave the answer in the comments section. What did Jesus say in verses 29 and 30 of Mark, chapter 12?
Last night, I was fortunate to get to listen to a debate among a much younger generation, of the differences in churches. What they believe. What they teach. What they expect from their parishioners, and a few other of the great and good subjects. There was really no arguing. Just some good debating. I enjoyed it.
Finally, after much discussion and maybe a pause to catch their breath, I was asked my opinion. My first response was that I thought it was great that some youth were actually discussing the church and the bible without anyone forcing them to. I don’t think anyone heard my answer because they were already interjecting their own voice once again. I could simply sit there and thank God for his blessings. What a joyous period of time on a Sunday evening.
Today, take the word debate and include it somewhere in your day. Yes, someone, somewhere, at some time, said something, about not discussing religion and politics, but was that actually a wise statement? Maybe there could be some debate about that? Today, step out of your comfort zone. Ask someone about their beliefs of God and Jesus and the perfect Church. Just the fact of taking some time in your day to discuss God will bring and unbelievable amount of joy and fulfillment to your day. Please don’t try to force your opinion. Set the debate aside for just a little bit. Rather, try to draw someone else’s opinion out. God needs you to listen to someone today…………
Prayer: My dear Lord, deliverer of all perfection. Thank you for giving me the desire to know and discuss your Word. Forgive me for the times I avoid the subject of You because of my fear of debate and maybe ridicule. Give me the strength to talk about you with others. Help me have the wisdom of when to simply ask questions and then listen to the answers. I know what you mean to me God. Maybe it is time I find out what you mean to others too. In Jesus, the Master of all Good and True answers, name I pray. Amen.