“DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR OR READ!” Part two
“DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR OR READ!”
by Keith Bellamy
Someone has said that our nation has become a country where certain people don’t believe the average citizen can understand what is said or presented. Someone has to tell us what is said or what it means, because we have become lazy and won’t investigate for ourselves.
Years ago, when I was involved in politics and held a political office I watched certain people vote for a candidate because someone told them to vote for “so and so”. On one occasion a group started a petition against a decision the City Council and I had made. One very good friend discovered her dad had signed the petition. He had never read the petition, but he signed it anyway. His daughter told her dad he had stabbed me in the back (I never felt that way.). Her dad had been a very fine supporter of mine and he had spent hours making signs for our election campaign. Someone had played the race card and sadly he fell for it all because he didn’t read the petition before he made his decision. The daughter asked her dad how many times she asked him to read before he acted. As a result of not reading for himself (and he could read), he made a decision based on faulty information.
I can’t help but admire those good folks we read about in Acts 17:11. “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”