This story about
Elijah might seem a little ďover the top,Ē but Iím sure itís happened to
you before. I know itís happened to me! Someone asks me a fairly
innocuous question and I respond without thinking, only to realize it
was intended as bait. The person asking the question was waiting for me
to commit to something so they can argue with me. Has that ever happened
to you? The person launches into a diatribe and Iím caught without a
...Most of the time, the people are not
asking for information to help them make a decision. Rather, they are looking
for someone with whom to spar, someone who disagrees with a position they have
already taken and want to make a mockery of all other stances.
Each time it has happened Iíve wished I
had a 30 second sound-bite or a bumper sticker phrase I could pull out to
silence my potential adversary. Unfortunately Iím not very good at thinking on
my feet; sometimes I come up with a good response the next day Ė but that is
long after they have left the room.
If I canít have a show-down like Elijah
did, at least wish I had a thought-provoking response. But more importantly, I
want the person who is asking to know that I value their opinion, even if they
donít value or are afraid to listen to mine.
Showdowns donít solve problems. In the
next few chapters we learn that the people still went after their own gods. They
still reject the God of Israel. In fact, they persecute Elijah for making them
look like the fools!...
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