I am intimidated by smart people. This is not a good thing when I have extremely smart friends.
I am intimidated by people who like to debate a lot. I think it all goes back to college. I had a roommate who was a B&T major, and she would want to debate theological issues I had never heard of before all the time. Shoot, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Calvinism, let alone Arminianism, until I got to college. Hey, I grew up Catholic; we didn’t really discuss those things... (insert Catholic joke here... J)
There was also this one time when my roommate and I were asked our opinions about a very hot church issue, and she assumed we would have the same opinion. You should have seen her face when I told her that I didn’t agree with her. Yep, the topic of choice was women in ministry; more specifically, women as pastors. If you know me at all, you know my opinions on this subject.
Which brings me to my second point: there are a lot of issues out there, especially in the Christian circle, that there is no point debating. I had a professor who wanted to sit down with me and hash out the women in ministry thing. Why? I was not going to change his mind (trust me, I knew this) and he for sure was not going to change mine. So what was the point in sitting down and “hashing it out?” It would just create anger, animosity, and bitterness. And it’s not like my opinion on the subject determined my salvation or anything; it wasn’t a sin to confront. (No jokes may be inserted here at all, even if I DO know you! I’ve heard them all anyway!)
I am thankful, however, for those out there who do debate issues worthy of discussion. There are a number of blogs (some by friends of mine) that cause me to stop and think about issues I haven’t thought of in years. Topics worth thinking about, that Christians should stop and ponder more than they do. Sometimes I fall into the trap of being a Christian who doesn’t think, and that isn’t healthy either.
Is there a point in all this? Not really. My brain just got fired up by reading some pretty profound blogs. And I am feeling less intimidated than usual. Both good things.