John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Neither Cynical Nor Naive

Life is complicated, and in the face of such intricacies Christians often veer towards one extreme or the other. Some Christians look at the world and grow cynical. Citing disagreements among Christians, corruption among politicians, complacency among the general population and confusion on a wide assortment of issues, some say things are hopeless. In my opinion, these people show a lack of trust in God and his ability to speak to us and lead us into truth. On the other hand, some bury their heads in the sand and pretend that life is really black and white. They believe there are quick solutions, and, thus, they are in my opinion naive and simplistic. They may even deny the problems altogether, quoting their favorite Bible verse (often ripped completely out of context) and dismissing any who disagree with them.

What is desperately needed in our world is a group of people who will work diligently at developing a Christian mind -- one that will analyze the issues, reading the Bible, listen to others, employ discernment mixed with humility and take hope-filled action.

The world has enough Chicken Little pundits, loudly exclaiming that the sky is falling and the end is near. The world has enough Pollyanna simpletons with their heads in the clouds pretending that everything is fine when it's clear to anyone with sawdust for brains that something's gone wrong in our world.

Neither cynical nor naive -- that would be a good characterization of Christians who behave themselves well. It seems to sound a little like that old saw Jesus used to use -- you know the one about being innocent as doves and shrewd as serpents.