CULTURE CANNOT CANCEL WHAT’S TRUE



By Akin Ojumu

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” – Rick Warren.

Acrimony and rancor are the end products of principles not marinated in the dressing of charity. Convictions not rooted in compassion lack the power of persuasion, they are only good at engendering unproductive controversies and only profitable for producing a brood of revulsions.

You don’t have to be a jackass to demonstrate your convictions and you can hold on to your beliefs without hating anyone. The strength of your stance is not determined by the decibel level of your voice and the size of your clenched fist is not in any way an indication of the power of your position.

Those who draw the sword to champion a cause project a shaky certitude in their beliefs. Intolerance is the stock in trade of people whose argument is weak. The man whose creed is just is confident that providence is on his side. When you stand for a righteous cause time will eventually prove you right. Evil may seem for a moment to prevail, sooner or later righteousness will avail and those on the side of what is right will one day be adorned with the garland of vindication.

So, be confident in what you believe and let your feet be firmly rooted in your convictions. Fear not when the culture comes at you to cancel you out and do not be afraid of the circling vultures biding their time to eat you alive. Remember to shower empathy on all those who would give you grief for standing up for a noble cause. Let them marvel at the magnanimity of grace that bubbles out from your bowel of compassion.

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