Challenge: I Don't Like the Idea of People Telling Me What to Do

This week’s challenge comes from “After 13 Years, I’m Leaving Christianity”:

Now at 26, I don’t go to church anymore. Because I don’t like the idea of people telling me what I should do, and how I should be doing them. I think many millennials feel the same way.

During my time in university, I’ve learned to be my own teacher when it comes to issues close to my heart. It’s about objectivity. This is why I did my own research on the subject of homosexuality. I stop letting one specific group of people dictate how I should view myself, and other gay people. I realise that what it means to be gay is really, my own business. How I want to live my life is my choice, not some other people’s.

I think this is probably a very common sentiment in our culture. There are really two aspects to this challenge: First, there’s the question of why this approach to life is unwise. Second, there’s the matter of how you would communicate that to someone who expressed this opinion. I’d love to hear your thoughts on both.

What is wisdom? How do we find it? How do we evaluate it? Where does it come from? Is there a standard? Is it a good standard? Can we trust it? All of these things and more play in the background of this challenge. Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and come back on Thursday to hear what Alan has to say about it.

[View Alan's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]


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Amy K. Hall