I learned a new term this morning in this great article on combatting woke ideology in the workplace (or whatever your sphere of relationships): “Emotional reasoning”.
The name says it all, and this way of thinking, based not on fact or evidence, is the modern world’s answer to reality. There’s only one problem with emotional reasoning: It’s based on feelings. And we all know how reliable those can be.
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” ~Jeremiah 17:9
For the Christian, emotional reasoning cannot be either the lens through which we perceive the world around us, nor the route we take to arrive at a rational conclusion.
If we believe Jesus is who he says he is, it follows we should take the Bible not just as a collection of moral stories, but as both a descriptive history of God, creation, and humanity (the Old Testament) and a prescriptive set of instructions for how now to live in light of the gospel (the New Testament).
Our belief in the Word of God should inform the way we respond to current social and moral issues in the world, not the other way around.
When our truth differs from Biblical truth, one of them is wrong. Guess which one?
The best way to know the right way to respond to any issue is to actually read God’s word. Study it for yourself! Then, compare it with whatever idea is being presented.
Another great thing to do is to set aside the emotions for a minute and actually take a look at facts and statistics. Science, anyone? Many opinions stated as “facts” these days are taken at face value. Do your homework. We’re not setting out to humiliate people with different ideas (most of the time),but it is imperative to be grounded in reality because these people aren’t just keeping their unsubstantiated opinions to themselves. They are demanding society get on board and live as if their feelings are truth. Not happening. Not in my house, anyway. God gets the final say, not man.
…Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true… ~Romans 3:4
I guess a good thing to do would be to take a look at some specific examples, but ain’t nobody got time for that today, so get excited for a series I will probably name “Wokeland.” Either that or “Unfriending Angela”. Working titles.
Take a look at the article I linked to above. Great stuff!