The Bondage of Being Right

Fundamentalism Bondage

Many years ago my mother-in-law and I were having a conversation that has impacted me to this day. I don’t remember the details, but I have never forgotten her saying, “Ben, there’s as much bondage in having to be right as any other bondage”.

I believe it to be one of the great enslavements of our time in history. It holds us in straitjacket control surrounded by others that we become convinced have all the correct answers to life.

It not only enslaves us to our perspective, but also seems to mandate us to judge and belittle others who have another perspective.

Jesus, in addressing this very bondage that excluded the ones he seemed so good at loving, said to the “always right” Pharisees;

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”

When it comes to people different than us, let’s break our bondage to being right like the Pharisees, and act like Jesus instead.

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  1. “Always remember, the same walls you build to keep others out also keep you in.” — Kenneth O’Siris

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