The other day I was driving back to the office from the men’s lunch. I made a right turn on red because the vehicle in the near lane was turning right and the vehicle in the far lane was far enough away that my turning into the near lane would not interfere, at least that was my opinion. I made the turn and all was great. When I reached the next light, which was red I came to a stop behind the cars in front of me. Suddenly the truck that was in the far lane pulls alongside me very slowly as the driver gives me this look of disgust and shakes his head before pulling up further to the rear of the vehicle ahead of him. In his opinion, I am assuming, I must have wrongfully pulled out and somehow impeded or at the very least made him fear that I was about to impede his path. Obviously we disagreed on that and I did my best to not return his judgmental look with a self -righteous one of my own but I will admit I was bothered by this encounter. Then I was bothered that I was letting it bother me.
Our society today is so over sensitive it is unbelievable. We have become a thin skinned people who cannot handle criticism or differing opinions. I am amazed every day at the silly things people get so worked up over. It is like two friends looking at house and one says it is grey and the other says it is green and they part company offended that the other person disagrees. Now please do not hear what I am not saying. We are wise to choose our words carefully when we speak. However, when we listen we need to not be so sparky. It seems to me that people either shut down and stop listening or get all offended and angry as soon as they hear someone say anything that may be different to their views. James 1:19-20 tells us, “You must understand this, my beloved; let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” The book of James is focused on the character that is necessary among the body of Christ and really any community. If you have a wire that has lost some of the plastic coating around it to protect it and something rubs against it, it will spark. We need to use the word of God to strengthen our skin a bit, not to make us insensitive but to keep us from being too sensitive to those around us.